Longtime Halo Composer, and Bungie Employee, Marty O’Donnell Fired

In a shocking move, Bungie has let go of their longtime in-house composer Marty O’Donnell.

O’Donnell achieved individual fame in the games industry, a rarity, as his scores for the Halo franchise helped bring in fans. He’s responsible for the iconic “chanting monks” theme for Halo, and won awards for his work on Combat Evolved and Halo 2.

O’Donnell had been with Bungie for fourteen years, since just before Microsoft acquired the studio, and remained with them when the studio left Microsoft. He had been working on Bungie’s highly anticipated next title, Destiny. O’Donnell himself broke the news on Twitter last night:

Bungie also released an official statement shortly thereafter

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.
No word on if O’Donnell’s work on Destiny was near complete. It’s likely there will be stiff competition among studios to acquire O’Donnell’s services. Source links below