Destiny development unaffected by Halo composer's firing

While he may be gone from Bungie, Marty O'Donnell's music will still be featured in its next game.

Any concerns fans may have about Destiny after Bungie fired composer Marty O'Donnell can be put to rest, as O'Donnell's departure will not have an effect on the game's release later this year, according to the developer's chief operating officer.

Describing Destiny as being "close to shipping," Bungie COO Pete Parsons told Eurogamer that O'Donnell's music remains in the game despite his recent firing. "I think the Bungie fanbase is going to look forward to hearing Marty's music, Mike Salvatori's music, C. Paul's music and Paul McCartney's music in the game," Parsons said. "That's going to be exciting for people. It's going to be a great, fantastic experience."

O'Donnell, who served as Bungie's audio director, recently announced he had been fired "without cause" by Bungie, although the details surrounding the situation have not yet been made public. Prior to working on Destiny, O'Donnell, along with Salvatori and C. Paul Johnson, worked on the soundtracks for the Halo series before it was handed off to 343 Industries. Paul McCartney, meanwhile, has been working with Bungie to write music for Destiny over the past few years.

Curiously, in a recent interview with DBO (via Superannuation), O'Donnell indicated he still has an ownership stake in Bungie despite his dismissal. The composer has yet to reveal what's next for him, but he did indicate that moving from games to films is a possibility. "I've never done a feature film, but I've worked on film scores, I've done commercials, I've done video games... if Spielberg called, I wouldn't say no," he said.

Parsons went on to say of Destiny, "There's a lot of polish left to do, lots of tweaking and tuning, but a lot is already complete."

The new first-person shooter remains on track for release this September on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

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slaughterdj
slaughterdj

Based on the fact that they left on good terms (although specifics are undisclosed) I would think saying he was "terminated" is a much better way to put it than FIRED.

VakarianGirl
VakarianGirl

Every single character in this game I've seen so far look like Quarians.

#JustSayin

madgame23
madgame23

My bro is excited for this game, and granted im interested but I hate, heck detest, MMO's so if this can limit the MMO aspect I may have to get it.  With it being released on PC too, probably not at launch, ill get it.  The story looks good and I would definitely want to experience it.

kierwinyoung
kierwinyoung

Whoa, that picture. Am I looking at space? It Is space! looks like it has allot to explore!

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

Is that picture, from Mass Effect?


Oh and Activision said that Bungie needs to cut costs. That way Activision makes more money too.

Aryck1095
Aryck1095

They fired MARTY!?! Are you f***ing kidding me? Who the hell made that decision?

From what I've heard of Destiny's soundtrack in the trailers so far, he's still as good as he was 10 years ago. Why the hell would they fire him?

tsquared44
tsquared44

@Aryck1095  I would assume he did something that went against company views via twitter or facebook on accident that they took harshly.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

Unless Marty did something stupid, the only reason I can think of for his firing is that his salary was too high compared to the other talented composers at Bungie and in the industry in general, and Bungie wanted to cut costs.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

A composer as awesome as Marty doesn't get fired "without cause", as he claims.

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

I liked Marty's music on Halo but the music in Halo 4 was fantastic too.

cboy2332
cboy2332

Go ahead 343! It's your time to do some human resources work now.

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

Why would his firing affect development? I understand he is great but music is arguably the least important part of the development process. 

Hagan
Hagan

His work was the best... until Jeremy Soule made himself known

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

You spelled Marty O'Donnell wrong.....

andfx8
andfx8

He shouldn't have any trouble finding work, his work with Bungie has been phenomenal. 

Sushiglutton
Sushiglutton

Visceral should hire him for their Star Wars project just as they picked up Amy Hennig.

rasterror
rasterror

Please let him head to 343. He's probably the best composer in the gaming business.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@rasterrorHe made one good song.  You think he's a better composer than Iwadare, Uematsu, Mitsuda, or

Shimomura?

rasterror
rasterror

I don't know them or their work so I can't say yes or know. If they were the ones that composed the Chrono Trigger or Ocarina of Time games then I'd say no.

rasterror
rasterror

Then I stand corrected. I should have said one of the best. The scores in the Halo series have been some of the best ever.

goku2000
goku2000

@rasterror  He should head for 343, replace the composer who wrote the craptastic Halo 4 Soundtrack.

rasterror
rasterror

Halo 4 even though it wasn't as good as the others was very good. I had no complaints.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@rasterror Uematsu worked on music for the Final Fantasy games, including my personal favorite, Final Fantasy VII.

PrpleTrtleBuBum
PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Thanatos2k @rasterrorTheme, Under Cover of Night, Covenant Dance, A Walk in the Woods, Dust and Echoes, Peril, In Amber Clad, Impend, Earth City, High Charity, Ghosts of Reach, The Last Spartan, Theme 2 (although Steve Vai was what made that special), Never Forget, Roll Call, Bits and Pieces, Skyline.


Unfortunately the farther the series has gone the harder it is for me to recall songs because they always feel more like idle background hum. Halo 4 wasn't by Marty but it didn't have anything except that hum.

BassMan
BassMan

So, who's wife was he banging?

Adam_Orth
Adam_Orth

They probably fired him because they were finished. I don't see how music could delay a game months away.

unreal101
unreal101

No shit, he already finished everything, so you don't have to pay him any more!


Seriously though, Marty really should give 343i a call.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

@unreal101 Yeah, and give the guy that fired him the middle finger while he works on the soundtrack to the next Halo game.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

As folks have pointed out we don't have any factual information as to why Marty was fired.  BUT this action and the fact that Bungie isn't really addressing it leaves me with that sense of uneasiness.

Bungie really should get in front of this and stake their position.  I know that many folks don't give a s$#@ about this but it leaves me wondering about the type of company they may be turning into.  This almost seems like the kind if thing that EA or Activision corporate would do.

TimberWolf_CLT
TimberWolf_CLT

@Thanatos2k @TimberWolf_CLT I agree...  Interesting thing is his "without cause" statement.  That keeps the door open for legal action on his part and keeps me wondering about who said/did what to whom this time?  I love a mystery...

Vexov
Vexov

Guess he fell from the circle.

senorbusyman
senorbusyman

ever since paul mcartney announced that hes working woth with marty o donnell on destiny wback in 2011 or 2012 i was looking forward to destiny but now im less excited for itwhy did bungie fire marty? we hav have a right to know

Jay2528
Jay2528

Perhaps Sir Paul McCartney requested Marty be dismissed from his employment. 

Honestly though, to fire someone who has been with a company for so many years just seems so cold. We don't know the reason for the firing, but it stills seems crazy considering how much O'Donnell's music contributed to the games Bungie made.

LucentWolf
LucentWolf

@EasyComeEasyGo  Same here, never got interested in a Bungie game till Destiny.. So this doesn't effect my interest at all and am excitedly awaiting the beta.

Ovirew
Ovirew

I didn't know Marty was fired, but I also didn't know Paul McCartney was making music for Destiny.

ziproy
ziproy

This really was as disgusting as we imagined it.


The guy finished his work, and since he's so successful he must be quite expesive they fired him. Nevermind the fact Halo would have been nothing more than a nerdy sci-fi game (even more than it already was) without him.


Bungie kinda owes this guy everything. I never liked Bungie, their games, or their attitudes about them

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@ziproy You have no idea why they fired him.  Maybe he was stealing from the office.

_Silent_Jay_
_Silent_Jay_

@Thanatos2k @ziproyYeah, you don't can somebody that prominent without cause or comment unless it's something ugly that the company doesn't want associated with then, especially when it's done at the board of directors level.  It's likely something that will probably end up killing his career if it got out, but that he doesn't see an issue with.  (Probably workplace atmosphere related.)