Rockstar Games releases new PC launcher, gives away GTA: San Andreas for free

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Ride along with CJ for free after downloading the new Rockstar Games launcher.

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Rockstar Games has released its own PC launcher just in case you don't have too many on your computer already. This time, however, those who download it will get one of the best games in the Grand Theft Auto series at no charge. 

The new Rockstar Games PC Launcher is available to download for Windows on Tuesday. Installing the launcher will also add a digital copy of GTA: San Andreas to the library for free. 

Users will need a Rockstar Games Social Club account to get started. The launcher supports several games from Rockstar, including GTA V, GTA III, LA Noire, Bully: Scholarship Edition, Max Payne 3 and GTA: Vice City. However, users will have to purchase these games via the program's store. There's also an option to buy GTA Online Shark Cash cards, which are the online multiplayer's in-game currency. 

Rockstar plans for the launcher to have more features in the future, such as cloud saves and automatic updates.

A Reddit thread about the news has some users saying the launcher will open whenever they try to open a Rockstar game they own on Steam.  

Rockstar Games didn't provide an end date for the free copy of GTA: San Andreas or when the launcher would come to Mac computers. 

Originally published Sept. 17, 2:07 p.m. PT.
Update, Sept. 18: Adds details.