Anyone that’s ever played Halo knows that aside from setting the bar by which other multiplayer console based games are judged, the iconic music set the tone for every ambitious step taken into that universe. Martin O’Donnell, distinguished himself within the gaming industry as the creative force behind that music and an integral part of Bungie. He was part of the team and you couldn’t have one without the other.
When Bungie parted ways with Microsoft to pursue other non-Halo related ventures, O’Donnell followed. It was believed, as we have now learned that their next great endeavor would and does include the talented work of Mr. O’Donnell. As he had proven with the Halo franchise, he is integral to their team.
So it came as a bit of a shock this week, when we learned that O’Donnel had been “terminated without cause” from Bungie. Little information about the exact nature of the parting has been released, aside from the fact O’Donnell’s music will be included in Destiny, set to release later this year across multiple platforms.
Until we learn more, if we ever do, we’re left to speculate about the reasons for the parting of two long terms partners. I won’t attempt to venture a guess. I don’t feel it’s my place to turn whatever limited insight I might have towards what little information is available. What I will say however is that I doubt O’Donnell will be out of work long. Someone with his talent, will surely be snatched up by another studio quickly. I wish him the best of luck in the future and look forward to whatever creative endeavor he turns his attention towards next.