Halo & Destiny Composer, Marty O’Donnell, Fired by Bungie
The man behind the Halo theme, the original trilogy’s soundtrack and the director of voice acting and sound design for the Halo franchise has been fired by Bungie. Marty O’Donnell took to Twitter to announced that he had been dismissed by Bungie’s board of directors in a move that he says was without cause.
O’Donnell had been an employee of Bungie since 1999 when he was brought in to compose music for Oni. Since then, he was the composer for Bungie’s entries into the Halo franchise but wasn’t part of 343’s Halo 4. That’s because he stayed with Bungie to work on their upcoming Destiny.
In addition to being a composer on Halo, O’Donnell also composed music for Riven, Myth and Oni. Prior to getting into the games industry, he wrote TV commercial jingles. While at Bungie, O’Donnell did more than just the music. He was the company’s audio lead, a job which included working on sound design and voice acting direction.
So far, no one has elaborated on O’Donnell’s assertion that he was fired without cause. Until his dismissal, O’Donnell had been working on Bungie’s upcoming game, Destiny, which is scheduled for a September release.
For their part, Bungie hasn’t said much apart from a very standard looking press release acknowledging that O’Donnell was no longer with the company stating, “Today, as friends, we say goodbye.”
Somehow, I don’t think all parties involved would describe themselves as friends.