“Halo” series and “Destiny” composer Marty O’Donnell, 58, has been let go by Chicago, Ill.-based game developer Bungie.
O’Donnell tweeted about the event on Wednesday, saying “I’m saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.”
Born in Westchester, Pennsylvania, O’Donnell graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters of Music Degree in composition.
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In 1997, O’Donnell was hired as a sound designer for Cyan’s “Riven,” sequel to “Myst.” He was then hired by Bungie and produced the score for 1997’s “Myth: The Fallen Lords.” He also went on to work on the company’s “Halo” series, and was creating music for upcoming MMO RPG action shooter “Destiny” when he was terminated by Bungie. The game is set for launch on September 9 for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3 and PS4. Will this delay the game's release date?
Bungie responded to O’Donnell’s termination with the following on its official website.
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.
Despite Bungie's friendly farewell, O'Donnell's tweet tells a different story. It appears the departure wasn't a positive one. What do you think?
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