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Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell fired 'without cause'
Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell fired 'without cause'
April 16, 2014 | By Mike Rose

April 16, 2014 | By Mike Rose
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Marty O'Donnell, the American video game composer best known for producing the music for Bungie's Halo series, is no longer with the studio -- and according to the industry veteran, it wasn't a pleasant separation.

O'Donnell started his video game career as a sound designer on Riven in the 90s, and eventually went on to produce all the music and sound for the Halo franchise at Bungie. He has also been creating the music for Bungie's next title Destiny.

However, a blog post on the Bungie website from David Dague today says that O'Donnell is not working for Bungie anymore. "For more than a decade, Marty O'Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans," notes Dague. "Today, as friends, we say goodbye."

But it would appear that O'Donnell may not have left on as good terms as Dague suggests. In a single tweet this morning, O'Donnell stated, "I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014."

Gamasutra has contacted Bungie to find out more details.


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Innes McNiel
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If they parted on good terms, they would have said far more than a single paragraph about one of the people who was integral in making the Halo series as memorable as it was.

Freek Hoekstra
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imho being fired "without a (given) reason"
and parting as friends don't seem very compatible...

shame to hear, but Marty will find a new place to work in no time if he wants it.

Matthew Mouras
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I wouldn't read too much into it. Companies can open themselves up to litigation if they divulge too much about why someone was fired.

Innes McNiel
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Pointing out the accomplishments of a person who has worked for you for a decade and worked with you for even longer is /not/ litigation worthy. I never said they had to say why he was fired, but that this lack of ceremony makes it 100% clear that something is up.

John Bagoode
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Sad to hear this, but I`m looking forward to what you`re going to do next, Marty. Good luck!

Kyle Redd
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As good as O'Donnell's music was, it was always aggravating that Bungie never allowed users to adjust the volume in any of his games. I don't suppose anyone has concrete info as to why that is?

John McMahon
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That has been one of my longstanding qualms about Halo. I wanted just the sound effects and not the music.

Though I have Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3:ODST, Halo Wars (Not Bungie), and Halo: Reach. I would have liked just sound effects and voices with no music.

I think they literally just wanted to showcase the music and really control the mood and ambiance.

Joshua Darlington
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"Without cause" sounds like a legal assertion. Didn't they hire Paul Mccartney of the Beatles to do the soundtrack? I can see why marketing would want one big name on the box instead of a shared credit.

I hope the situation plays out to everyone's satisfaction.

John McMahon
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I doubt sharing the credit was an issue. But there may have been an ego issue either from the composers and/or management.

Maybe someone higher up decided Marty was no longer fitting in....


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