You may remember that back in April of 2020, DOOM Eternal composer Mick Gordon had some criticisms to share following the botched release of the game's official soundtrack, and even reportedly told one fan that he doubted he'd work with id Software on another DOOM game in the future.
Now, two and a half years later, he's returned with an extremely long and critical statement (via Medium) directed at DOOM Eternal Executive Producer Marty Stratton, mainly focused around the "Open Letter" that Stratton published on the DOOM subreddit on May 5th, 2020, in which Stratton gave his verdict on the issues with the OST.
In Gordon's new statement, he says Marty Stratton "lied about the circumstances surrounding the DOOM Eternal Soundtrack and used disinformation and innuendo to blame me entirely for its failure". According to the composer, he was then offered a six-figure settlement to never speak about it, but he believes "the truth is more important".
"Marty’s Reddit post severely impacted both my professional and personal reputation. In releasing this statement, I’m exercising my right to defend myself. It is a defence, not an unprovoked attack, issued with extreme reluctance only after all other attempts to resolve the matter have failed."
The full statement is very, very long, so we recommend reading it for yourself if you want to get the full picture, but Gordon's criticisms include that he hasn't been paid for over half of DOOM Eternal's music, the OST was made available for pre-order before he was contracted to produce it, Marty Stratton "withheld crucial details" about the soundtrack's production, and much more. Basically, he's not happy at all, particularly with Stratton:
"... He published a 2500+ word “open letter” on a fan-run Reddit page that singled me out as the sole cause behind the botched OST. The post attracted thousands of comments and news articles and severely damaged my personal and professional reputation. Worst of all, he did it behind my back whilst leading me on with a bulls**t story about working together on a professional solution to the problem."
We don't know about you, but we're just sad to see this. DOOM Eternal is such a great game, and Mick Gordon is such a great composer - it's a real shame that we're probably never going to see another DOOM game with his involvement.