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.”


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