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Bungie Totally Fired Halo, Destiny Composer Marty O' Donnell

Posted by Anthony Bacchus

Gone but not forgotten

The music creator of the legendary and recognizable Halo theme song, Marty O' Donnell, has been "terminated without cause" from Bungie since April 11th. The shocking revelation appeared on O'Donnell's personal twitter account two days ago in which the Bungie board of directors apparently felt he was no longer fit for duty.

One day later, Bungie posted a brief statement in connection to the news:

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.

Before ending a successful 14-year run at the Washington-based studio, O'Donnell composed the music for Oni and Myth, two of Bungie's pre-Halo projects. Shortly after, he was in charge of the music and sound design for Halo: Combat Evolved and all future games in the popular Xbox franchise up to Halo: Reach. His work was critically loved and even scooped up a number of well-deserved awards.

The last we heard, O'Donnell was creating the soundtrack to Destiny, in collaboration with Paul McCartney. It is currently unclear if he got to finish his work on the latest game.

Destiny is scheduled to be released on September 9th for Xbox One and Xbox 360.


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