Players shooting Terminids in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2: How to Fix “Different Game Version” Error

Frustrated with the “different game version” bug while trying to invite friends to your lobby in Helldivers 2? You’re not alone! Read on to find out how to fix this annoying issue.

If you’ve been playing Helldivers 2 since launch, you’ll be well aware of the myriad of server issues that have marred the experience for a large portion of the player base. In addition to players encountering loading screen issues and a black screen on launch, they are now facing a frustrating “different game version” error, which prevents you from inviting friends to your lobby. Fortunately, there are a few ways to fix this issue, which we go over below.

How to Fix “Different Game Version” Error in Helldivers 2

To fix the “different game version” error in Helldivers 2, you need to restart and update the game to ensure it’s the latest version. The error seems to be an issue with Hellidivers 2 not being updated and tends to happen when players are staying idle in-game to avoid the queues.

Here’s how to fix the error on PS5 and Steam on PC:

  • PS5:
    • Close the game
    • Press the “Options” button while the Helldivers 2 icon is highlighted and select “Check for Updates”
    • This will ensure it is updated to the latest version
  • Steam on PC:
    • Close the game
    • Right-click on Helldivers 2 in your Steam library and select “verify integrity of game files”
Group of four players shooting Terminids in Helldivers 2

Some are also encountering this error while trying to play in crossplay between PS5 and PC. Crossplay must be turned on for you to play with players on other platforms. If the error persists, the following workaround may help:

  • Ensure Crossplay is enabled in the Options menu of Helldivers 2
  • Begin a mission in Helldivers 2 on either PC or PS5
  • Get the other player to join you once you are in the game

Hopefully, Arrowhead Studios will continue to update the game so players can get right back into the action without a hitch! That’s all you need to know about how to fix the “different game version” in Helldivers 2. For more guides just like this one, be sure to check out our Guide Hub.