Destiny Theme Song by Paul McCartney to Be Released as A Single

The former Beatle recorded a theme song for Bungie's game at the famous Abbey Road Studios.

A Destiny theme song by former Beatle Paul McCartney will release as a single, according to a report from The New York Times.

McCartney has been working with Bungie and its recently fired composer Marty O'Donnell on Destiny's soundtrack, on and off, since 2010. If you've played the beta, then you've already heard a portion of their work, but according to the Times, McCartney recently decided to collaborate on a theme song for the game.

The song, which we don't have a title for yet, was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with a 120-piece ensemble. It was produced by Mark Stent, who previously worked with artists like Madonna, Bjork, and Lady Gaga. According to the Times, the song is about hope.

Previously, McCartney only mentioned his collaboration with O'Donnell and Bungie once, in a tweet. “I’m really excited to be working on writing music with @bungie, the studio that made Halo,” he said.

The single will release "soon" after the game launches.

O'Donnell, who worked at Bungie for more than a decade and composed Halo's iconic theme song, was fired in April, "without cause," he claimed. O'Donnell has since filed a lawsuit against Bungie, but settled out of court for $95,000.

Destiny launches September 9 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Dark_Rage
Dark_Rage

Well, they need to shove the 500 million somewhere now don't they?.

canuckbiker
canuckbiker

Why couldn't McCartney get shot, and Lennon still be alive making music? Just kidding, kind of.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Yeah - with a 500 milion dollar budget, there's 250 million dollars right there.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Should have known, but I am still shocked.

Kevy1252
Kevy1252

No wonder they need 500 million dollars, they keep using the money for useless stuff

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Well... They had to make back some of the budget in some other ways too.... 

playniko69
playniko69

Why? How about give someone else a chance?

CptRexKramer
CptRexKramer

I actually thought the music I heard in the Beta was one of the worst thing about the game. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I'm intrigued to hear what kind of music the man would produce for a videogame.

PS2fweak
PS2fweak

Seems like they're trying too hard. They could've saved a lot of money and used some young and/or new talent, and then maybe reinvest those savings back into the game. McCartney is a legend, but nobody is buying Destiny because of him. 

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Heard the song a while back at a video game music symphony. It was... ugh.


Clearly Marty O'Donnell's creativity was stifled by having some big-name in the room. I like the Beatles. I like Paul.


But, goddammit this was completely unnecessary. What a publicity stunt, just like having Dinklage on board.


No wonder the game received 500 million dollars from Activision.

n0xinab0x
n0xinab0x

O'Donnell, who worked at Bungie for more than a decade and composed Halo's iconic theme song, was fired in April, "without cause," he claimed. O'Donnell has since filed a lawsuit against Bungie, but settled out of court for $95,000. So how much did they pay McCartney? The song, which we don't have a title for yet, was recorded at the famous Abbey Road Studios with a 120-piece ensemble. That can't be cheap.

crujoness
crujoness

Kids be like, "who is that?" 

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Destiny.

All my critics seemed so far away.

Now it looks as though they're here to stay.

Oh, I believe...in Destiny.

Suddenly.

I'm not half the game I used to be.

There's a Dinklage hanging over me.

Oh, Destiny...came suddenly.

wookiegr
wookiegr

This won't be nearly as successful as Megadeth's Gears of War theme.

straightcur
straightcur

And people wonder why games cost so much to make. This and using overpayed Hollywood actors is just not needed.   

CharlesBurns
CharlesBurns

Hey Dude, don't make it bad

Take a bad game and make it beta.

Remember to let us give feedback

Then you can start to make it better. 

Na na na na, na na na na

Lykanthropie
Lykanthropie

not that i expect much from bungie, but they really seem to try everything to make Destiny a zop Seller.


IF you think a few moments, what have they done in the past? Sold their souls to MS, destroyed the FPS genre on PC, only made crappy halo games ...


its just logical that they spend their money for a Paul McCartney Theme.

what they want is the PR,who cares how good the song will be, or how it will fit to the game.

I am sure there would be thausends of music artists who could do a better job for a sci-fi game like destiny.

Some who even know the series or even like it ...

but we will see how good Mr. Sir Paul MCCartney will do his job, its not that i don't like the beatles, paulmccartney or something, but i am sure they paid alot money just for PR, that just reminds me what a job bungie did in the past 15 years ... i hope you won't hear the song in every "level", thats the way bungie handles it if they don't know how to go on ... or want to stay away from work ...


there many words to describe Bungie, first words in mind woud be useless and overrated.



Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Yesterday....Destiny is something I'd have liked to play...but now it seems my pre order's delayed...oh I believe in Yesterday!

kane6911
kane6911

they should have spend that on the game-play. because this game is just crap. i will never spend 60 on a game that is crappy and short. 

dominoodle
dominoodle

So that's why Destiny cost so much to make. I bet Paul McCartney cost 80% of the budget.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@ecurl143 Exactly what I was thinking. Hiring a Beatle to produce a piece of your soundtrack? You must have some deep pockets.

Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@CptRexKramer I liked the music but the track on the first boss of devil's strike lair got on my nerves. It was far too epic given the current situation was to just defend and it wasn't even that good really. I enjoyed all the other stuff though.

tandukbadak
tandukbadak

@PS2fweak They probably inspired by Metal Gear Solid V trailer, which use a song by Mike Oldfield, a 61 years old singer.



Mike Oldfield is much less popular than McCartney. But the song in MGSV trailer IMO fits perfectly, it's epic.

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

Someone who can't stand being out of the limelight and refuses to retire no matter how hoarse his voice is this late in his career.

But who am I to judge? He's still better than most voice "talent" of modern generations.

emanuelmaiberg
emanuelmaiberg moderatorstaff

@Chr0noid Okay, now it's on. Who can come up with better Destiny-themed Beatles lyrics? 

Zloth2
Zloth2

@nothingformoney  I don't know if he cost THAT much - he's got the rights to run the song as a single.  If that's a hit then he'll get plenty of cash (and Bungie will get some free advertising).

jts1891
jts1891

@kane6911 Not according to the vast majority of people who've played it. I thought it was great, and I'll be picking it up Day One.


Aaronp2k
Aaronp2k

@emanuelmaiberg @Chr0noid help, I need a refund, help, not just any refund, help, I'm gonna need some help, help!


When I was younger, so much younger than today. I played halo and I thought this game's ok. But now those days are gone with destiny I'm bored, now I find I've changed my mind coz most beta's are flawed.


emanuelmaiberg
emanuelmaiberg moderatorstaff

@Zloth2 @nothingformoney I don't know what money even means to a Beatle at this point. I assume he only works on things he's interested in, which speaks well of Bungie and Destiny.