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Grand Theft Auto 5 is now available for free on the Epic Games Store

By Tim Augustin - on 15 May 2020, 4:06pm

Grand Theft Auto 5 is now available for free on the Epic Games Store

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Here’s your chance to get one of the most popular videogames of all time for free.

Grand Theft Auto V (GTA 5) is currently available for free on the Epic Games Store! Rockstar Games’ smash hit open-world game can be redeemed on the Epic Games Store's website, for anyone with an Epic Games account. 

The copy given away is the Premium Edition of GTA 5, which includes a ton of additional content for GTA Online, valued at over GTA$10,000,000 in in-game currency. If you’re planning to dive into GTA 5’s extensive and constantly-updated online mode, this version of the game will give you a great head start. 

The Epic Games Store had previously teased this announcement by labelling it a free ‘Mystery Game’, finally revealing it to be GTA 5 yesterday. The moment the game went up for free, players flooded the website in overwhelming numbers - and crashed it. That’s the power of a free game for you. 

Rockstar Games has a brilliant resume of open-world games under their belt, and GTA 5 is one of their very best. In the story campaign, you'll rotate between three characters in a sprawling, action-packed story set in Los Santos - a fictional city modelled after Los Angeles. The game's online mode, GTA Online lets you create your own character, perform heists and otherwise wreak absolute havoc in online multiplayer. 

GTA 5 is free to keep forever until May 21, at which point the game will be rotated out with another mysterious free game. However, you’ll have to enable two-factor authentication on your Epic Games accounts to redeem the game. You can grab the game here. 

It’s worth making an Epic Games Store account at this point, even if you don't want GTA 5. The store has been giving away free games on a regular basis since 2019, including big titles like Just Cause 4, World War Z and For Honor. This isn’t even the biggest thing Epic Games has done this week - they recently showed off a spectacular demo of their updated game engine, Unreal Engine 5 running on the PlayStation 5.