Late last night, American composer Martin O'Donnell announced he had been fired from Bungie "without cause," marking the end of a relationship that lasted more than a decade. Today, Bungie officially acknowledged O'Donnell's departure and released a statement on the matter.
Best known to gamers for his work on the Halo series, Martin O'Donnell (also known as Marty O'Donnell) was also named the composer for Bungie's upcoming shooter Destiny. Taking that into consideration, his sudden departure from the studio comes as an even bigger shock. Hours ago, he tweeted:
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
That brief message sparked mostly confusion, and Bungie certainly hasn't done much to dispel it. Not too long after O'Donnell made the abrupt announcement of his termination, the Destiny developer made the following post on their official site, by way of Bungie's DeeJ:
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.
In situations like these, all parties are usually bound by NDA, ensuring the details are kept under wraps. One might argue that no company ever acts "without cause," but the contrast in Marty's and Bungie's announcements definitely raises a few brows.
Of course, now we can all dream that he'll go back to the Halo series.