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Destiny "pretty close to shipping", Bungie says

Marty O'Donnell's departure not indicative of delays

Bungie says Destiny is "pretty close to shipping", and its release has not been affected by composer Marty O'Donnell's departure from the studio.

Chief operating officer Pete Parsons told Eurogamer on Wednesday that the game is on track for its September release on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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"I believe people will be transported not just by the activities and the stories within the Destiny universe but by the sights and the wonderful sounds and music," he said. "We have a fantastic team. We're pretty close to shipping. There's a lot of polish left to do, lots of tweaking and tuning, but a lot is already complete."

O'Donnell's music will still appear in the game, as well as music from his collaborator Michael Salvatori and their work on the game's theme with Sir Paul McCartney.

"I think the Bungie fanbase is going to look forward to hearing Marty's music, Mike Salvatori's music, C. Paul [Johnson's] music and Paul McCartney's music in the game," Parsons said. "That's going to be exciting for people. It's going to be a great, fantastic experience."

O'Donnell revealed on Wednesday that his longstanding employment with Bungie had been "terminated without cause". O'Donnell is responsible for scoring much of the Halo series' soundtrack, as well as other Bungie productions.

Bungie released five new screenshots for Destiny last week. The Destiny beta will begin in summer 2014.

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