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GTA 5 is free on the Epic Games Store

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Update: GTA 5 is now free on the Epic Games Store, though you might have a bit of trouble collecting your loot. It turns that a lot of people want to grab it, and the high traffic is causing slow loading times and launcher crashes. Good luck!

Original story: Epic won't be unveiling today's free mystery game for another few hours, but the official Twitter account for the Epic Games Store couldn't contain its anticipation and spilled the news a bit early, confirming rumours that it's GTA 5 (opens in new tab)

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Despite launching on PC five years ago, GTA 5 is consistently among the top ten most popular games on Steam and boasts as many active players now as it's ever had—there's a pretty good chance you already own it. 

If it's yet to grace your game library, however, you'll be able to grab it on the Epic Games Store from today until May 21. It's a good time to jump in, as there's some weird stuff going down in GTA Online—with players currently staging an alien invasion (opens in new tab).

We've had some amazing adventures in GTA Online, and its heists are fantastic, elaborate co-op experiences. Here are some of our best adventures:

As for GTA's future, there's still no confirmation that GTA 6 (opens in new tab) is even in development. But if you're looking to squeeze some extra fun out of Los Santos, we've got you covered with our roundup of GTA 5 cheats.

Fraser Brown
Fraser Brown

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.