Bungie terminates long-time composer Marty O’Donnell

O’Donnell and McCartney in 2012

Marty O’Donnell, Bungie’s longtime veteran composer has been terminated by Bungie’s Board of Directors on April 11th, 2014. O’Donnell joined Bungie in 1999 after composing the music for both Myth and Oni. He then worked on the Halo series from the iconic theme of the original through to Halo: Reach.

O’Donnell was working with Mike Salvatori & Sir Paul McCartney for Bungie’s highly anticipated game Destiny, which is set to release September 9th, 2014.

According to the tweet by O’Donnell, he has be terminated without cause. Bungie has yet to comment, but this is breaking news. I’ll update this article accordingly as information is released.

UPDATE: Bungie has made a comment. Written by David Dague, Bungie Community Manager (better known to the community as 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.”

Bungie

My thoughts go out to Marty O’Donnell. I’ll leave you with my favourite piece by O’Donnell and Salvatori.

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‪‎Titanfall‬ Expedition DLC coming in May

Titanfall ExpeditionJust announced at Pax East. The first of three confirmed DLC for Titanfall has been
announced. Titanfall‬ Expedition DLC coming in May for $10. It will contain 3 Maps – Swampland, Runoff, and War Games. These maps will take place after the events in Titanfall’s “campaign”.

This image advertising the DLC pack showcases a sneak peak at a map called “Swampland” – a map that will feature large number of trees which allow you to wall run in crazy, unpredictable paths. The second map, Runoff, is loosely connected to Swampland. and reported to have “a lot of pipes and water.”. War Games, the last map, takes place within the area titan pilots train in and will look futuristic and “Tron”-like (think of those narrow hallways in the tutorial)

Titanfall has 3 DLC packs planned for $10 individually, or $25 for the seasons pass. Continue reading

YouTube Upload Coming to Xbox One

Xbox One YouTube Upload

Starting April 8th Xbox will be rolling out the ability to upload Xbox One game clips recorded with the built in DVR to YouTube! Those “Xbox, Record That” moments will finally be able to share beyond Upload Studio and your friends/followers on Xbox One. It’s pretty safe to say that this feature will (probably) follow the maximum 5 minute video length that Upload Studio currently has in place for uploading to your OneDrive (or publishing to your clips on Xbox One)

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Game DVR and Upload are among the most used apps on Xbox One. We know how important it is to be able to easily watch and share video clips, and starting tomorrow we’re rolling out an update to the YouTube app on Xbox One that integrates Game DVR and Upload with YouTube**, making it easier than ever to capture and share game clips with the world.

Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads**), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, earn Media Achievements, and adds YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.

*Xbox Live Gold required; GoPro is launching on Xbox 360 in all Xbox Live markets
**In Settings, elect to “Share game clips” and “Share on social network”

Xbox Wire

Ridley Scott Live Action Halo Series Without Master Chief!

For nearly a decade we’ve heard rumours about a Halo movie. Recently, in January this year rumours were floating around that there were plans for a live-action Halo movie produced by Ridley Scott (known for Blade Runner, Alien, & Prometheus). It wasn’t long before Microsoft put an end to the speculation stating there were “no plans for a Halo motion picture at this time”

According to the latest news/rumours from numerous sources it seems like Microsoft was technically correct, and we fell victim to their word play. While there is no Halo motion picture or movie, there seems to be many confirmations that there’s a Halo live-action series instead. Many sites are citing this story as unconfirmed but IGN has stated that Microsoft has indeed confirmed this information. I’m sure we’ll get more information and clarification during E3 in June. Continue reading