Final Fantasy XIV producer and director Noaki Yoshida today notified Final Fantasy XIV players and followers that the patches and updates scheduled for this month will be delayed by a number of weeks due to effects of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11.
"Tokyo, where our development and operation teams are based, has suffered minimal damage from the earthquake and its after effects. We have confirmed the safety of all our team members, but there are those with family in the affected regions. Due to this, the concerns of the nuclear plants, and the ongoing aftershocks, we are not at our best.
"The planned blackouts in the Kanto region have disrupted public transportation, preventing many from even making it to work. In addition, our French and German localization staff have left Tokyo at the urging of their respective embassies. For these reasons, and to allow our staff to focus on their safety and that of their families, I have decided to make adjustments to the development schedule.
"We were working to release patches 1.16a and 1.17 by the end of March, but now anticipate a delay of one to two weeks. During this time, we will not only be making minor improvements, but also directing our efforts on laying the groundwork for future content."
Square Enix had previously shut down servers for Final Fantasy XI, XIV and PlayOnline services in order to conserve energy.
Source: Square Enix Forum