Bungie composer fired "without cause"

If you’ve ever played a Halo game then Marty O’ Donnell’s glorious compositions have likely massaged your ears. The original Halo had one of the most rousing video game scores of all time, screaming epic space saga with every note. Well, sadly O’ Donnell tweeted on Wednesday morning that he had been fired from the company “without cause”, meaning he will no longer be involved in upcoming Bungie sci-fi MMORPG shooter, Destiny.

It comes as a shock to those of us who have been following Destiny’s development closely. Only recently, O’ Donnell was working with legendary Beatle, Paul McCartney on the score for the game. It’s becoming more commonplace in the industry to see longtime team members seemingly forced out of their roles. I myself had a similar experience when working at a software company a few years back, so it’s a situation that resonates with me, quite deeply.

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Paul McCartney and Marty O’ Donnell working on the Destiny soundtrack

Bungie responded with some generic PR speak in a release issued on their site:

For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.

We wish him luck in all his future endeavors.

Do we need better job security for developers, composers, artists and all other creative’s in the games industry? I understand layoffs happen but still… it seems as though these types of unfair dismissals proliferate the gaming sector. What are your thoughts? Have a favourite Halo track? Let us know, below.

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