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Final Fantasy XIV Team Shows Solidarity After Japan Earthquake

In response to the devastating earthquake in Japan, the Final Fantasy XIV team suspends auto-demolition of player housing on Japanese servers, showcasing an act of unity to their player community.

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Final Fantasy XIV Team Shows Solidarity After Japan Earthquake

A wave of solidarity swept over the Final Fantasy XIV (FFXIV) gaming community following the destructive magnitude 7.6 earthquake that rocked the Noto Peninsula in Japan on January 1. The development team of FFXIV announced on January 4, through the Lodestone, the temporary suspension of auto-demolition of player housing on Japanese servers after the disaster that claimed over 100 lives, with many still missing.

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A Familiar Gesture of Support

This act of unity is not uncharted territory for the FFXIV team. Their decision mirrors previous actions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and in response to the Kumamoto Earthquakes in 2016. Such actions reflect the team's commitment to their players, showing that in times of crisis, the game can serve as more than just a source of entertainment.

More Than Just a Game

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The game's producer, Yoshi P, highlighted the significant role that FFXIV played during the 2016 quake in a Noclip documentary. He recounted how the game served as a lifeline for players, allowing them to check on the well-being of their friends during the crisis.

Waiting for Resumption

The date for reinstating auto-demolition on the Japanese servers remains unspecified. The development team has urged players to stay tuned to the Lodestone and the official FFXIV Twitter account for updates on the situation.

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