After being accidentally leaked ahead of time in a quickly deleted tweet, Grand Theft Auto 5 has been revealed as the next free game available from the Epic Games Store, which routinely provides games for free, each normally being available for a week at a time. This GTA 5 free download will be available between May 14 and May 21.
So, what do you need to do to get your free GTA 5 PC download?
First, you'll need to have an Epic Games Store account and download the launcher. This will let you not only buy games from the store if you choose but also take advantage of their free game offers.
Last month, the Epic Games Store made a temporary change to how free games are handled. Until May 21, players will only be able to claim a free game if they have two-factor authentication (2FA) enabled. GTA 5 is free with 2FA, which means you'll need to enable 2FA and enter a security code when you log into your account in order to claim the GTA 5 PC free download.
(Why the Epic Games Store has implemented this 2FA requirement only for a limited period of time is unknown.)
As long as you have 2FA activated, you'll be able to add GTA 5 to your account and download it for free. This gives you access to not only GTA 5's full campaign and single-player mode but also the multiplayer GTA Online as well. Since it's the Premium Edition, it also includes special GTA Online packs to get you started in GTA Online with bonus GTA$, vehicles, weapons, and more - all for free.
Unfortunately, right now the Epic Games Store is having a bit of trouble. With something as hugely popular as a GTA 5 download, PC users flocked to the store as soon as it appeared. The entire store then crashed due to heavy traffic.
Both the website and launcher are experiencing errors due to the high demand, so right now you'll need to wait a little bit longer to grab GTA 5. We'll let you know once the errors have been resolved.
Update: The Epic Games Store is functioning again.
GTA 5 is free on PC until May 21, but once you download it, it will be yours to keep forever.