If somehow you’re not among the 120 million people who have purchased Grand Theft Auto V at some point over the past seven years, Rockstar Games’ open-world action game is free now on the Epic Games Store until May 21.
At the moment I’m writing this, the store’s service is down and whenever you try to open it up on a browser you’re greeted with a nice unexpected error message. Presumably this is because of an influx of people trying to download the game, which again, is wild because the game has already been bought by 120 million people across five platforms. But whenever it does get back up you’ll be able to download GTAV for free and it will be yours to keep forever. Given that the game is still selling millions of copies every year, now officially holding the title for the second best-selling video game of all time behind Minecraft, it’s unlikely that Rockstar needed whatever deal Epic Games must’ve offered to it, but this will be a way to bring people onto Grand Theft Auto Online, which has a whole economy of microtransactions that Rockstar rakes money in from.
Keep in mind this is also the Premium Edition of Grand Theft Auto V, which comes with the game, access to Grand Theft Auto Online, and add-on content for Online like “The Doomsday Heist,” “Gunrunning,” and “Smuggler’s Run.”
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Since Grand Theft Auto V launched in 2013, Rockstar made the decision to forgo the series’ single player DLC in favor of supporting Grand Theft Auto Online, which has helped the game accumulate over $6 billion in revenue on top of individual game sales.
If you’re about to jump in to Grand Theft Auto Online, be sure to check out our guides before you head out. If you’re looking for the best way to get money without having to dip into the microtransactions, we’ve got a guide for that right here (then you, too, can become a disgustingly rich player in Grand Theft Auto Online). Or if you’re looking for some tips on how to take part in the game’s online heists, there’s a guide for that, too.
More recently, Rockstar launched Red Dead Redemption 2, which also has an online component that has been bringing in additional revenue for the company since it launched in 2018. If western is more your style than the life of crime Grand Theft Auto V offers, we’ve got plenty of guides for Red Dead Redemption 2 for you to check out should Red Dead Online pique your interest. If you need a cheat code guide reference, we’ve got one of those, are trying to make the most of your fishing time, we’ve got a guide for that, and if you’re hurting for cash, we’ve also got you covered on that front.