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Halo composer fired "without cause"

Martin O'Donnell let go, but Bungie says the termination is friendly

Bungie has terminated the contract of its composer Martin O'Donnell, who has worked with the company for more than ten years.

O'Donnell has not expanded on that single tweet, but clearly wasn't expecting the termination.

Bungie has a slightly different take on the situation, indicating in a statement that it was an amicable split.

"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 endeavours."

O'Donnell was the man behind the music for almost the entire Halo franchise - as well as Bungie's upcoming title Destiny - after he joined the company as full time staff just ahead of its Microsoft acquisition in 1999. Prior to that he had already worked with Bungie on Myth and Oni, and was even the man that found a voice for Master Chief in the shape of Steve Downes, who he met during recordings for Septerra Core: Legacy of the Creator by Valkyrie Studios.

GamesIndustry International has reached out to O'Donnell for more details.

Below is a Bungie video of O'Donnell's early work on myth.

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Kenneth Bruton Producer 2 years ago
I wish him the best. Marty has made some awesome soundtracks. I still listen to some of his older works. As a musician, it is very disheartening to see someone lose a gig, even if you have been doing it for over a decade. This economy (and corporate society as a whole) is too volatile, and many casualties result.
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis2 years ago
Some of the most memorable music from video games has come from Marty, when told to name a game soundtrack multiple instances of his work will be mentioned. I wish him all the best in the future.
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Pete Thompson Editor 2 years ago
For me, as someone who prefers single player to online multiplayer his musical scores just drew me as a player in, and kept me engaged with the games.. Halo games are superb, and to this day I've not yet played another game where the soundtrack is such an integral part of the game as it was in Halo, especially Halo 3..
Bungie owe him a huge debt of gratitude for adding so much to their games., and I also wish him all the best for the future.
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Steve Wetz Reviewer/Assistant Editor, Gamer's Glance2 years ago
This is so bizarre... I mean, it's the equivalent of Square Enix firing Nobuo Uematsu. Unthinkable. I can't imagine the dire financial straits Bungie would need to be in to do this.
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 2 years ago
Whats even more bizarre is how do you replace Marty? He's arguably the best composer in the business and I too have enjoyed his work immesely. Among my cd collection sits 5 different Halo soundtracks, including one thats currently sitting in my cars cd player(that would be Halo 2 vol. 2 for those who are curious).

I wish him all the best and I have no doubt he will wind up on his feet. There are probably dozens of studios that would love to add him to their payroll. Good luck Marty and keep making that awesome music you make.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Paul Jace on 17th April 2014 8:41am

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Roland Austinat roland austinat media productions|consulting, IDG, Computec, Spiegel Online2 years ago
Games Industry, any updates on this story? Would be much appreciated. :)
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