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Halo composer fired from Bungie

Halo composer fired from Bungie

Martin O'Donnell was responsible for the score in several Bungie games and had been working with the company since before it was bought by Microsoft in 1999.

Halo and Destiny composer Martin O’Donnell has seemingly been fired from Bungie.

Having previously been the studio’s audio director, O’Donnell revealed over Twitter that the company’s board of directors had let him go last week for no reason.

’I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014,’ said O’Donnell.

A statement on Bungie’s site contrasts slightly with O’Donnell’s comments and instead states ’today, as friends, we say goodbye,’ and goes on to wish him luck on future endeavours.

He had worked on the scores for several of Bungie’s projects, including older titles Myth 2 and Oni and Halo: Combat Evolved. He was also working on the score for the studio’s upcoming title Destiny, collaborating with former Beatle Paul McCartney. The score is planned as a full release of its own under the title Music of the Spheres.

As well as composing scores, O’Donnell was also responsible for a lot of the general sound work and for directing voice talent in several of Bungie’s games.

O’Donnell had been working with the company since before it was bought out by Microsoft in 1999, originally working on a contract basis out of his own company, TotalAudio.

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Hustler 16th April 2014, 11:18 Quote
Given the tone of his tweet, the lawyers will be the winners here.
Maki role 16th April 2014, 11:21 Quote
WHAT!!!?!!?!?!!!?!

Marty, get your ass over to 343i in that case. Whilst I thought the Halo 4 soundtrack was amazing, not much can beat having the original guy on board too. I would love to see what magic could be done with Marty and the team from the last game, would keep things both new and very much classic Halo at the same time no doubt.

I was already boycotting Destiny thanks to Bungie's reason for why they couldn't develop a title that's perfectly suited for PC, for that platform. Yet they somehow still have the resources to develop it for the 360 and PS3? Whilst this doesn't affect my stance, I would certainly like to hear the full information on it.
ChaosDefinesOrder 16th April 2014, 16:12 Quote
I'm just waiting for the headline when he gets a new job: "Halo Composer, fired from Bungie, bounces back"
Cheapskate 16th April 2014, 16:28 Quote
I guess it's impossible to blame it on Linda McCartney this time.
...To soon?
BadHead 16th April 2014, 18:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cheapskate
I guess it's impossible to blame it on Linda McCartney this time.
...To soon?
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...But you could probably get away with blaming it on Heather Mills.
samkiller42 16th April 2014, 21:29 Quote
This sounds like something Bungies parent company (Activision) would do, rather than Bungie themselfs.

Sam
Measter 16th April 2014, 22:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
This sounds like something Bungies parent company (Activision) would do, rather than Bungie themselfs.

Sam

Activision doesn't own Bungie, their relationship is that of a publisher only.
ModSquid 17th April 2014, 10:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by BadHead
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...But you could probably get away with blaming it on Heather Mills.

No way.

It wooden be her fault.
Maki role 17th April 2014, 10:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by ModSquid
No way.

It wooden be her fault.

That joke doesn't even have a leg to stand on.
Solidus 21st April 2014, 19:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Measter
Activision doesn't own Bungie, their relationship is that of a publisher only.

No they don't own bungie but they finance their studio wages and costs etc for whatever they work on as I understand it (correct me if im wrong).

So they would have a big indirect control over bungie and I wouldnt be surprised if it was through external pressure this happened. Activision seem to represent the evil side of gaming that EA use to occupy it seems..
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