Ever since the launch of the Epic Games Store, Epic Games has been on the hunt for exclusivity deals for its new storefront. After both smaller titles like Shakedown: Hawaii and bigger ones, such as Borderlands 3, the company is rumored to have its eye on Microsoft's Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
Halo: The Master Chief Collection is "coming soon" to PC, according to its Steam page, and will also launch on the Microsoft Store. However, it appears that Epic Games is also interested in getting the title on its storefront.
Halo MCC on the Epic Games Store
The news was initially reported by website One Angry Gamer, after receiving a tip from someone said to have caught wind of a meeting between Epic Games and Microsoft regarding bringing "some of Microsoft’s titles over to the Epic Games Store". Although Halo: The Master Chief Collection was reportedly the focus, Epic is said to want all of Microsoft's future releases on its storefront.
Talks of Epic Games Store exclusivity for Microsoft's titles also took place, if the tipster is to be believed. Provided the deal goes through an announcement will, apparently, be made during E3 2019. This would also limit the availability of the PC versions of the titles in question to just the Microsoft Store and Epic Games Store.
One Angry Gamer reached out to Microsoft regarding the matter and received the following statement: "We are currently focused on bringing a great ‘Halo: The Master Chief Collection’ experience to PC via the Microsoft Store and Steam, however, we’re always listening to feedback and looking for additional opportunities to share Halo with as many players as possible."
As any rumor, this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. Microsoft's statement would suggest that, while Halo: The Master Chief Collection eventually arriving on the Epic Games Store wouldn't be far fetched, the company is still committed to launching the title on Steam. We'll have to wait and see how things evolve, provided the two companies are actively discussing matters of platform exclusivity.