Today is was revealed that renown game composer Mary O’Donnell, best known for his work on the Halo franchise, has composed new music exclusively for this week’s The Game Awards show.
In an new behind the scenes video released by The Game Awards today, O’Donnell revealed that he was approached by Geoff Keighly, the organizer behind The Game Awards, back at E3 about doing the music for the show. Keighly mentioned to him how it was “time for games to come of age” and that he wanted to create a theme song for an Oscars-style event for video games, similar to how legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith’s ‘Fanfare for Oscars‘ track. O’Donnell accepted and created the theme that is now being called the ‘Fanfare for Video Games’ that will debut during Friday’s show.
O’Donnell last worked with developer Bungie before being fired ‘without cause’ in April. The split caused O’Donnell to sue the studio in a case that he won, being awarded $95,000 in damages back in July.
Already having plans for over 12 world premieres and now adding in the talents of O’Donnell is making The Game Awards quickly take the form of a well executed award show that many have been clamoring to have for years. Considering the trainwreck that was VGX last year, this is just another promising development in what is looking like a new mainstay of the games industry. You can checkout the full video and the behind the scenes look at creating the ‘Fanfare for Video Games’ below.