In Other News – Rockstar Social Club is Still a Thing Someone Theoretically Uses Willingly?
Rockstar Games has done the unthinkable; which is to say, they’ve announced yet another exclusive launcher to join the ranks of Steam, GOG Galaxy, Origin, Uplay, Epic Game Store, Bethesda.Net, Battle.Net, Desura, Itch.io, and probably three more I forgot. What does Rockstar Games’ Rockstar Game Launcher have to offer players? A free copy of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and not much else, at the moment. Even by comparison to Epic’s initial offerings of only a handful of games, the Rockstar Game Launcher currently only offers games that Rockstar has developed and release for PC, including:
Bully: Scholarship Edition
Max Payne 3: Complete Edition
L.A. Noire: Complete Edition
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto V (and of course, all it’s microtransactions, in case you were worried)
Nico’s Out Bowling with His Cousin, I Guess?
Curiously absent is Grand Theft Auto IV and its two expansions, which famously were hamstrung on PC due to poor implementation of the much-maligned Games for Windows Live DRM. The game was compounded by not only having GFWL, but the first iteration of Rockstar’s Social Club, itself a predecessor to the Rockstar Game Launcher. Before now, users who opted to buy their games directly from Social Club were required to do so directly from Rockstar’s website.
The timing of Rockstar’s Game Launcher is curious, given they already have a steady fanbase, as well as consumers regularly buying Grand Theft Auto V through various other storefronts. Yet, they seem poised to try and sweep their games directly under their own sales. Rockstar Games you already own will reportedly transfer over when downloading the launcher, and the launcher will feature cloud saves and automatic updates. These are features already present with the Steam versions, but it’s good to see Rockstar Games is at least aiming for basic feature parity.
As of this writing, no exclusive titles have been announced. Some users speculate that this move to announced Rockstar Game Launch may be
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