Halo composer 'terminated' from Bungie

Martin O'Donnell "saddened" by unexpected departure

Veteran Halo music composer Martin O'Donnell has been terminated from Bungie by the studio's board of directors, he has announced.


O'Donnell has worked on each Halo title up until Halo Reach, and has composed music trailers promoting Bungie's forthcoming next-gen shooter Destiny.

The composer announced his termination on Twitter earlier today, specifying that it was "without cause".

However, Bungie claimed in a short statement that O'Donnell parted ways with the studio on good terms.

"For more than a decade, Marty O'Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans," the company said.

"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."

O'Donnell is an award-winning composer with a history in both film and video games. His first video game project was providing the score to Riven, a sequel to Myst. His earliest collaboration with Bungie was on the 1997 PC title Myth: The Fallen Lords.

Bungie's Destiny is the first entry in a new sci-fi franchise which will be published by Activision as part of a ten-year deal between the companies.

Activision recently confirmed that a Destiny beta will kick off this summer, when it will be made available to PS3 and PS4 players first.

The company has also announced a Destiny release date of September 9 on PlayStation platforms, Xbox One and Xbox 360.