A shock announcement comes out of Marty O’Donnell’s Twitter account today as the famed musical composer is fired from his long-running job at Bungie.
Best known for his work on Halo, which has become synonymous with the franchise even now in Bungie’s absence from the series, O’Donnell’s termination from the newly ‘independent’ developer comes as something of a shock. He is, after all, set to have even more of his compositions appear in the upcoming title Destiny, a game that’s well believed to be headed for blockbuster status upon release.
Tweeted from his Twitter account, the statement from O’Donnell read as “I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.” in its entirety. For its part, Bungie also issued a statement about the firing, saying that ““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.”
If you’ll notice, there’s a pair of tones going on there. Bungie seems to be somewhat more ‘friendly’ towards O’Donnell than he is to them in his Tweet. Though it’s true that the composer could have just been having a bad day, that certainly leads me to believe that the separation was not particularly amicable. For now though, it certainly looks as though Destiny will be the final game in Bungie’s catalog that bears the O’Donnell musical stamp.