Rockstar’s hugely popular Grand Theft Auto 5 is slated to be the next free game on the Epic Games Store, but the online marketplace is currently shrinking as players around the world try to secure the title for free.The initial announcement came from a tweet Epic Games Store now deleted, who claimed that Rockstar’s popular open world crime game will be available for free download on PC until May 21. Although the tweet is now gone, the Epic Games Store launcher suggests that the game is coming soon.
Given the countdown to the “mystery game” on the Epic site, we expected GTA 5 to arrive at the Epic Games Store at 8:00 am ET / 11:00 am ET today (May 14). However, at the time of this writing, the Epic Games Store is currently in decline, possibly due to a wave of users coming to get their free title.
We currently know a high traffic on Epic Games Store. We are aware that users may experience slow load times, 500 errors or a launcher crash right now and we are actively working to scale. We will provide an update as soon as possible.May 14, 2020
Epic Games has acknowledged the problems on Twitter and says it “actively works to scale” in response to high traffic. We will update this story as soon as GTA 5 becomes available for download.
How to get GTA 5 on PC for free
To be ready to install GTA 5 on PC for free, you will need to download the Epic Games Store launcher and create an Epic Games account, which you can do on the official Epic Games website (once it works, to say) .
From there, simply scroll down to the “Free Games” section of the store. Based on the timer on the Epic website, GTA 5 should unlock on May 14 at 8 a.m. PT / 11 a.m. ET. You will have until May 21 to secure the game for free. The Epic Store has server issues at the time of this writing, but we expect the game to appear later today.
If the system requirements for GTA 5’s Epic Store resemble that of the Steam version of the game, you will need at least an Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 processor, 4 GB of RAM, an Nvidia 9800GT / AMD 4870 or higher and 72 GB of storage to launch the game. But the recommended specification starts with a Core i5 processor, a GTX 660 or higher and 8 GB of RAM.
It is not clear whether GTA 5 on the Epic Games Store will support cross-play with the Steam version of the game, which is worth keeping in mind if you are planning to venture into the hugely popular GTA Online and always updated.
The Epic Games Store has been distributing free games every month since the end of 2018, along with previous notable gifts including The Witness, Overcooked, The Batman Arkham Collection and Rayman Legends. But GTA 5 is by far the biggest gift the service has gotten to date, and could be the perfect antidote to your locking boredom.