Martin-ODonnell

Announced via the composer’s Twitter account late on April 15th, Bungie’s board of directors fired the man behind the soundtrack and voice acting direction of Bungie’s most famous franchise, Halo.

This news comes as shock to many fans of the franchise and developer as O’Donnell, a Major moving part of Bungie for over ten years, was in the midst of collaborative efforts with Paul McCartney and Mike Salvatori to design sound and music for the upcoming AAA shooter, Destiny. Not much is known regarding the circumstances of the firing, but Bungie did issue the following statement on their site, titled “There are those who said this day would never come…”

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 wonder what direction Destiny’s audio design will take now. Considering the development team for Destiny actually began designing the tone and direction of the game around O’Donnell’s initial 50 minute composition for the game, it’s hard to say what was happening behind closed doors that led to the firing. However, for many fans of the Halo franchise, there is hope now that 343 Industries may attempt to hire O’Donnell to revive what was received as a lack-luster soundtrack to Halo 4, for the next Halo game.

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