This week’s free game on the Epic Games Store is a big one, one of the biggest that they possibly could. From 4PM UK time today, 14th May, until 21st May, they will be giving away Rockstar’s evergreen GTA V for PC.
Update: The giveaway is now live, but unfortunately demand has taken the Epic Games Store offline! Don’t worry, there’ll be plenty of time to grab the game, so just be patient.
Once the game is live, you’ll be able to grab it from the following link:
The company had been keeping a tight lip about this week’s free game offering, but accidentally dropped the announcement tweet 12 hours early. It seems that someone, somewhere managed to get their AM and PM a little bit mixed up!
Naturally, the internet at large was on hand to spot this and preserved Epic’s slip up despite them quickly trying to delete it and pretend like this didn’t happen.
Tweet ad is deleted, so here you go pic.twitter.com/3oja0C3418
— Wario64 (@Wario64) May 14, 2020
Grabbing a free game from Epic Games Store is as simple as setting up a user account and then snagging the freebies when they’re available, though Epic have recently introduced a new policy that you must activate 2 Factor Authentication on your account in order to claim them.
The current free game to download is the non-linear puzzle game Death Coming. It’s the latest in a long-running series of games, both big and small to be given away on the service, which has previously seen games like Just Cause 4, World War Z and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate being flung to the masses.
Of course, GTA V is easily bigger than all of those games, but it’s also far more likely that people will own the game in one form or another, what with it having sold 120 million copies to date, making it the second best selling video game of all time. The game has lined Rockstar and Take 2’s pockets ever since its original release in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It broke records on its original release, and has been a regular fixture in the top five games sold each week ever since, thanks to a subsequent release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, not to mention the PC release.
But the real money spinner is GTA Online, the game’s multiplayer component which has bumped up the publisher’s financials with floods of microtransaction cash. That’s where the real money now lies, so it’s no surprise to see it being given away for free or having a stint in Xbox Game Pass and PlayStation Now game subscription services.