Rockstar Games Launcher Is Publisher’s First Digital Storefront (Complete With Free Game!)

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BY September 17, 2019

Much of the video game business focuses on consoles like the latest Xbox or PlayStation, however PC gamers are a crucial part of the market. To that end, the Rockstar Games Launcher is the first foray from the publisher into the digital storefront space. Games like those in the Grand Theft Auto series have been available from digital sellers like steam, yet the Rockstar Games Launcher puts all their coveted titles in one place. Rockstar also hopes gamers will turn to their games launcher in order to learn the most recent news from the studio, along with shopping for favorite titles on PC. The app is now available for download and, for a limited time, those who install it will get a free game from them.

To access the Rockstar Games Launcher, you need a social club login. While people are able to sign into the club using their Xbox, Playstation, or other logins, the app seems to only allow accounts created specifically for the service. If you already own some of their titles for PC, you should be able to download them without buying them again. Also, for a limited time, new users get a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which features the character CJ holding down Grove Street since 2005.

What Games Are Available on the Rockstar Games Launcher?

Rockstar Games Launcher Free Game Screen Image via Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, of course, can be found in the digital store. For now, it’s free for just downloading the launcher. When this promotion ends it will certainly be available for purchase. Along with this title, there are six other games available for download right now.

They are:

  • Bully: Scholarship Edition for $14.99
  • Grand Theft Auto III for $9.99
  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for $9.99
  • Grand Theft Auto V for $29.99
  • L.A. Noire: Complete Edition for $29.99
  • Max Payne 3: The Complete Edition for $34.98

The store also features Shark Cards. This is the fake money for GTA’s online gameplay which you can purchase for real money.

Perhaps most notable are not the games available for sale, but the games missing from the online store. Grand Theft Auto IV is nowhere to be found. The first two installments of Max Payne and GTA are also absent, along with other cult-classic games like The Warriors and Midnight Club 2. None of the “Red Dead” series of games are available either. Red Dead Redemption 2 became a viral hit this year. Yet none of its predecessors are available on the service yet. Fans already expected a PC version of the most recent Red Dead game. So, those titles may be in reserve leading up to that release.

Also, according to Ars Technica, the Rockstar Games Launcher is now required for certain Rockstar titles purchased on Steam.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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