Composer Marty O’Donnell has been the man behind the iconic choral tones and driving music for the Halo series, yet in a recent turn of events O’Donnell has been fired after well over a decade working with Bungie.
O’Donnell announced through his personal Twitter account that he was terminated by Bungie’s board of directors last week, with his official announcement coming today. After working previously on Bungie’s many titles like Oni and every title in the Halo series (except for Halo 4), O’Donnell wrote that the board of Bungie fired him “without cause on April 11, 2014.”
Prior to his termination, O’Donnell was collaborating with Bungie’s lead audio designer, Mike Salvatori, and musician Paul McCartney on the score and soundtrack for their upcoming project, Destiny.
Following the announcement of O’Donnell’s termination, Bungie also released a statement regarding the firing of its long-esteemed composer:
“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 endeavors.”
I'm saddened to say that Bungie's board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.
— Marty O'Donnell (@MartyTheElder) April 16, 2014