Get Grand Theft Auto V for Free

The good news is that Grand Theft Auto V is now available for free from the Epic Games Store as this week's giveaway. The bad news is that demand has brought the site to its knees. We've been part of the problem, constantly refreshing to get the details from there, but the site's been hosed for hours. We can assume this will be yours to keep if you can grab your copy within the next seven days. Presumably the problems will clear up in time for everyone who wants a copy to get one. In the meantime, here's a refresher on the most recent installment in Rockstar's open world crime series:
Amidst the turmoil, three very different criminals plot their own chances of survival and success: Franklin, a street hustler looking for real opportunities and serious money; Michael, a professional ex-con whose retirement is a lot less rosy than he hoped it would be; and Trevor, a violent maniac driven by the chance of a cheap high and the next big score. Running out of options, the crew risks everything in a series of daring and dangerous heists that could set them up for life.

The biggest, most dynamic and most diverse open world ever created, Grand Theft Auto V blends storytelling and gameplay in new ways as players repeatedly jump in and out of the lives of the game’s three lead characters, playing all sides of the game’s interwoven story.

All the classic hallmarks of the groundbreaking series return, including incredible attention to detail and Grand Theft Auto’s darkly humorous take on modern culture, alongside a brand new and ambitious approach to open world multiplayer.
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Re: Get Grand Theft Auto V for Free
May 14, 2020, 20:52
Rilcon
 
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Re: Get Grand Theft Auto V for Free May 14, 2020, 20:52
May 14, 2020, 20:52
 Rilcon
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on May 14, 2020, 20:25:
Rilcon wrote on May 14, 2020, 20:07:
ventry wrote on May 14, 2020, 19:42:
Well that's awful generous of them.

Is Epic throwing some sort of cash at RockStar for this or is RockStar also in bed providing this for free?

Rockstar makes mad cash out of GTA Online, so the more people that have a chance of stumbling into the online the better. They'd make GTAV "free to play" if not for the fear it'd devalue the GTA brand name.

No developer will give its last game, still selling famously and for the foreseeable future, free. Dumbest bussiness decision.

Rest assured, Rockstar *is* getting something from Epic.

Be it money for each GTA5 downloaded, fixed global amount, or variations, or the use of the new Unreal 5 engine for free for a time.
Or a stellar cheap deal for publishing their next game, etc.

If Rockstar wanted the game to get to the most people free, getting nothing for it, they would have picked Steam, obviously.


Their last game was Red Dead 2. What they make from retail sales is negligible compared to what they make with "GaaS"; the upfront cost is the biggest thing impeding user acquisition. Making it free for a limited time will make them far more money in the long run than just continuing normal sales for the same period even if they were paying Epic $2 per user that downloads the game.

As for why Epic and not Steam, shrug. Probably too many people that bought it on Steam that would be pissed at it suddenly being made free, plus it's easier for people to believe Epic dropped a cold billion or something for the privilege of hosting a 3rd party F2P MMO launcher. I doubt Epic paid all that much for this in actual cash.
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