At approximately 1:30AM MST, the Guild Wars 2 authentication/login servers stopped responding to players worldwide. Most players experienced an “Error 42.” Distressed players flocked to the Guild Wars 2 Facebook page and began tweeting about their experience as they tried to log in but couldn’t. All worlds appear to be affected.
The team at GW2 did their best to stay on top of the situation and quickly started updating their official Twitter with messages stating that they were aware of the situation:
“We are currently aware of the server issues and are in the process of investigating. Thank you for your patience. ^ET” @GuildWars2 tweeted at 1:49pm.
The outage appears to affect the game worldwide as well as knocking out the forums. It hasn’t been verified, but it seems that it’s also taken out the GW1 game as well. As it appears, it was only the login servers affected—many players experienced a disconnection when changing maps or using a waypoint (or simply failing to log in.) However, some players mention that the game simply booted them from wherever they were.
Little is known about the nature of the problems; but it’s obvious that it’s on the ArenaNet side of things as they attempt to clear up what collateral damage might be caused by the outage. We will keep you updated as news comes in.
Update: “The Error 42 is on our end and will affect both game and forum access. We are working towards a resolution and appreciate your patience. ^ET” @GuildWars2 tweeted at @2:18am.
Update: The servers appear to have returned to full operation and it’s 2:30am.