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Rockstar Games is the latest company to offer its very own game launcher app on PC. Perhaps aware that it needs to stand out in the increasingly crowded world of such apps, the developer has decided to sweeten the deal considerably by offering a free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas to anyone who downloads and installs the new app. People enjoy San Andreas, as I recall.
You won't be too shocked to learn that the Rockstar Games Launcher will be the new hub for all things Rockstar on PC going forward. It'll be the place to launch all of your favourite Rockstar games on PC, regardless of which digital storefront you picked them up on prior, as the app will ask to scan your PC and pull any previously-installed titles into the launcher. Handy.
It also comes with a host of other swish features, "including the addition of cloud save functionality to all supported titles, the ability to keep your Rockstar Games PC library updated automatically, and ways to follow all the latest Rockstar Games news from directly inside the Launcher."
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Naturally, you'll also be able to buy Rockstar games via the new app - who would've guessed? At launch, you can get your hands on the likes of Bully: Scholarship Edition, Max Pain 3: Complete Edition, L.A Noire: Complete Edition, and GTA V: Premium Edition. One suspects that the launch of this new app could very well be the first step towards Red Dead Redemption 2 finally making it to PC, but that's pure speculation on my part.
If you want to download the Rockstar Games Launcher for yourself and, crucially, claim that free copy of San Andreas before the offer expires, you just need to head here and follow the installation instructions. You'll be the fool in the wrong house before you know it.
With the huge continued success of GTA Online, it makes sense for Rockstar to create one consistent home for all of its output and updates on PC, specifically a home that it's fully in control of and retains all profits from. The Rockstar Games Launcher is just the latest in a growing line of publisher-owned PC launchers as companies continue to drift away from Steam, joining the likes Electronic Arts' Origin, Ubisoft's Uplay, and the Bethesda.net Launcher. Between this and the rise of the Epic Games Store, the folk over at Valve have to be sweating a little bit.
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