Rockstar Games is the latest publisher to throw their hat into the game launcher ring. Their own version of the launcher, simply called the Rockstar Games Launcher, is now available for free on PC.
The Rockstar Games Launcher syncs games with both its in-client purchases and those made on other online storefronts, such as Steam, as well as any physical/disc copies. This launcher’s auto save feature is new to Rockstar’s online functionalities, as is the ability to keep track of your Rockstar library. It’ll also achieve other basic game launcher functionalities, such as keeping games automatically updated.
This launcher is the latest initiative likely aimed at expanding Rockstar Games Social Club, the publisher’s official online player communications service. The service has been the catch-all for Rockstar’s online services since its 2008 launch for Grand Theft Auto IV. Online gameplay has been a core part of the GTA franchise since, giving fans a platform to roleplay, accumulate wealth, and just mess around with other players in general. Social Club also allows you to keep track of achievements, share content, and download content.
Right now, to try to get fans on board, they’re making a free offer for early users. Anyone who downloads the launcher (and, we assume, signs up for Social Club) gets a free copy of GTA: San Andreas permanently added to their library. The classic GTA game, which takes place in a fictional modern western, came out to rave reviews upon release in 2004.
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- What It’s Like to Be Impossibly, Disgustingly Rich in GTA Online
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- How to Earn Money Fast in Red Dead Online
Speaking of old games, at the moment, it seems the full library of Rockstar’s games isn’t supported. Right now, the games that are supported are:
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Max Payne 3
- L.A. Noire
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files
Note — You can sync L.A. Noire if you have it on PC via another storefront, but it’s not available via the launcher’s store at the moment.
On the other hand, some of the older titles of Rockstars, plus some older franchise titles, are not supported at the moment. Those excluded games are:
- Grand Theft Auto IV
- Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City
- Grand Theft Auto 2
- Grand Theft Auto
- Max Payne
- Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
- Midnight Club 2
Many of these had online services, which were likely cut out due to age (or, of course, the publisher trying to push players onto new editions of these games).
Missing from the Rockstar Games Launcher lineup is Red Dead Redemption and its sequel. This is likely because the Red Dead Redemption is not, in fact, on the PC, and thus there would be no reason for it to actually be packed in the launcher either way. However, there have been rumors about a PC launch for the game — perhaps this was what Rockstar was waiting for?
Rockstar made a full announcement about the service yesterday; you can read more on their site.