Gamers out there who wanted to jump into Diablo 4 in early access and benefit from someone’s game share license are going to be in a hellish mood. You can’t. It seems that Blizzard has locked out all the Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition incentives from console sharing and game sharing across PlayStation and Xbox.
So in theory, the person who purchased the game (DE or UE) on Xbox or PlayStation will be able to launch it and log into the server. This is because the server links your BNet account and it transfers your Deluxe Edition and Ultimate Edition incentives across all platforms. However, if you are game sharing, that BNet account you’re using doesn’t technically have any Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Edition license so when you log in, the game gives you a license error.
Users are able to launch the game itself without a problem. This is because the game share feature stores the Diablo 4 license locally on your console and grants you access to the game. But the “early access” isn’t a PSN or Xbox Live incentive but rather a Battle.net one.
An obvious sign of this was the fact that users can transfer their Ultimate Edition and Deluxe Edition incentives to other platforms. They just need the base game to access it all.
This isn’t anything new in gaming, to be honest. Bungie follows the same strategy with its shooter Destiny 2. Users can game share the base game and all their expansions because those are platform-stored licenses. However, any seasonal content is tied to your Bungie account making it possible to play that content across other platforms.
This also means that the person you game share with can’t benefit from your seasonal purchases. They will need to purchase the season separately. In a way, the Diablo 4 Early Access is the “season” in this case.
So users who game share will have to either purchase the Deluxe Edition or Ultimate Edition game themselves in order to gain access to Diablo 4 in early access. You can also wait until Tuesday (the official launch) to play the game as that should work without the need for the early access incentives tied to your Bnet account.