Bungie lets Halo composer Marty O’Donnell go according to Tweets he released.
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
Bungie confirmed the departure although their review of events show the split as a mutual and friendly event.
In an interview with Edge last year, O’Donnell commented: “It’s hard for me – and some of the guys get impatient about it, like ‘Hey Marty, quick just write an iconic theme and show it to us’.
“But that’s not what I did with Halo. I like to write music… [and] we have this really great start on many, many pieces of music that all seem to work together well.”
Marty O’Donnell has worked with Bungie since back in the 1990s when he worked on its Myth series. However, he first came to prominence in 1999 when Bungie unveiled its first trailer for what Halo started life as (but not released as) at the MacWorld convention, which prominently featured Mr O’Donnell’s stirring theme.
The composer subsequently worked on Halo’s sequels up until Halo: Reach, he was not involved with 343 Studio’s Halo 4 title.
O’Donnell was currently working on Bungie’s Destiny which is their first game after splitting from Microsoft who kept the Halo franchise.
The news prompted a backlash from visitors to Bungie’s website and via Twitter.
“Bungie just lost half of its magic,” wrote one, nicknamed Apotheosis.
“You just fired one of your best assets. What in the world is wrong with you?” asked Avenger I32.