For those who splurged on the Deluxe or Ultimate editions of Diablo 4 that promised early access, there may be a frustrating roadblock preventing you from diving into the game. Many players are encountering an “invalid license” error message, particularly when attempting to access the game through game sharing on PlayStation devices like the PS4 and PS5. Fortunately, there is a workaround available to get you back in the action.
The Game Share Conundrum
Let’s start with the bad news: Blizzard Entertainment has confirmed that players using accounts other than the one that made the original purchase of the Deluxe or Ultimate edition will be locked out. This has caused quite a stir among the gaming community. Blizzard’s Community Manager provided an official statement addressing the situation:
“Users who purchase a Deluxe/Ultimate Edition on an account should use that same account to host couch co-op sessions during the Early Access period. This ensures the guest player can join and participate in co-op. Accounts that weren’t the original purchaser of Deluxe/Ultimate Edition of the game on that console will not be able to play in Early Access unless they join as a second player with the account that made the original purchase.”
A Fix for the Frustration
Thankfully, there is a method to bypass this issue, although it may not be ideal for everyone. Here’s a step-by-step guide, courtesy of iamnobody (Note: Instructions have been edited for clarity and grammar):
Step 1: Make sure both the account that purchased the game and the account you’re trying to share with are on the same console.
Step 2: Launch Diablo 4 using the account that made the pre-order.
Step 3: If a character has already been created, you must create a new character on the account that made the purchase. Before starting the game, turn on the second controller and sign in with the account you want to share the game with. You should receive a message stating that Player 2 can join once Player 1 starts the game.
Step 4: Once the new game has started on the account that made the purchase, have the second player join as Player 2 using the second controller.
Step 5: Exit the game on the controller that Player 1 was signed into, and voila! You should now be able to play together.
And that’s about it. While this workaround may not be ideal, and some may view it as a rather questionable move on the part of Activision-Blizzard, it appears to be the only solution that’s currently working for most players.
Will Game Sharing Work on June 6?
Naturally, the burning question on everyone’s minds is whether game sharing will still be possible once Diablo 4 officially launches on June 6. The answer is… maybe (?). While there haven’t been any reported instances of game sharing failing with previous titles, we are dealing with Activision and Blizzard, after all. However, take solace in the fact that game sharing worked smoothly during the beta phase, so it’s highly likely that sharing the game won’t be a problem once the official release date rolls around.
If you happen to stumble upon another solution to this issue, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and let us know!
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