Rockstar is joining the long list of game developers and publishers who release their own game launchers with integrated stores. Players who want a collective home for all of their Rockstar titles on PC now have a desktop app to use, and early adopters get a free game to boot.
Released yesterday, the Rockstar Games Launcher works much like every other of the dozens of game launcher apps other game companies have released - just think of Origin, UPlay, or the Epic Games Store. You make an account - or use your existing Rockstar Social Club account - when logging into the newly downloaded and installed game launcher.
The Rockstar Games launcher collects all of your Rockstar titles on PC, be they physical, digital, or even purchased on another storefront. You can create an account within the launcher too, and a built-in scanning feature can detect Rockstar games that are already installed on your PC. Note that certain titles are not supported at present, but we have a list of games that are supported by the Rockstar Games Launcher:
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Max Payne 3
- L.A. Noire
- Bully: Scholarship Edition
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- L.A. Noire: The VR Case Files (supported, but not available for purchase via the Rockstar Games Launcher)
The Rockstar Games Launcher also brings some new features to the table. With a cloud save feature, you never need to worry about losing progress if a hard drive gets bricked, or if you're playing on a different device. You can also check any news and relevant info about each supported game within the launcher.
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If you don't own any of these games - or you have some, but not San Andreas - it's still worth downloading the launcher - for a limited time, Rockstar is giving away GTA San Andreas (for which we have a full list of cheats here) to all new users of their launcher. Simply download the launcher, log in and claim your free game. It'll be ready to install instantly - so what are you waiting for?