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Free ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ Crashes Epic Games Store

  • Epic Games Store had a huge influx of users for Epic Games Store.
  • Problems persisted for hours before stabilizing.
  • Turns out that a lot of people still want Grand Theft Auto V.

Two games in the last decade have found themselves consistently in the limelight. They’ve been so relevant that their developers have not only rereleased these titles several times, but the fandoms keep buying them up like it’s a brand new product. Those two games would be Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V. Love them or hate them, they’ve been a staple over the last several years and both demonstrate everything good and bad in AAA gaming, depending on your perspective. Taking all that into consideration, surely by now everyone that’s wanted to play them has played at least one version of their releases, right? So when Epic Games Store decided to release it on their platform for free through May 21st it shouldn’t have been that big of a deal right? Turns out, not quite.


Grand Theft Auto V going free on the Epic Games Store brought an influx of new users, the exact number of which has yet to be revealed, however the traffic was enough to actually make Epic Games Store come to a screeching halt for several hours as the volume was too high to handle. As it turns out, it may not be entirely for the game itself but rather the fact that it’s the Premium Edition of Grand Theft Auto V, detailed in a press release.

The Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition includes the complete Grand Theft Auto V story experience, free access to the ever-evolving world of Grand Theft Auto Online with all existing and forthcoming gameplay updates including The Diamond Casino Heist, Arena War, After Hours, The Doomsday Heist, Gunrunning, Smuggler’s Run, Bikers and much more.

Included with the Premium Edition is the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack, the fastest way to jumpstart your criminal empire in Grand Theft Auto Online with access to properties, businesses, weapons, vehicles and more, along with a bonus GTA$1,000,000 for first-time Starter Pack owners that you’ll receive within 7-10 days of creating your character in GTA Online.

Those are pretty good incentives for those who’ve never played Grand Theft Auto V before to jump in. While the single-player campaign itself is a big draw, the Grand Theft Auto Online component is an incredibly popular aspect with players around the world trying to carve out a name for themselves on the digital streets of Los Santos. But it takes money to get there, and your options to make that money come down to unforgiving grinds or buying Shark Cards. The Premium Edition at least gets new players in the door with a decent starting point. It won’t buy you much, but it’ll get you started.