Bungie on Marty's departure: "we don't make decisions lightly"

Gamereactor was present during a press visit at Bungie when news broke about Marty O'Donnell's departure. This is what Bungie COO Pete Parsons read out in a short statement.

"I'm sure many of you have heard the news about Marty O'Donnell. At Bungie, we don't take that kind of thing lightly, we don't make decisions lightly. We're a team that's committed to making an amazing game, set within an amazing universe. We hope you understand today is about that experience that you had yesterday; that's what we're going to be focused on. At this time, we won't be commenting any further."

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cyguration1660d ago

Sooo... he was fired because of some sort of scandal?

Septic1660d ago

Yeah I have no idea why. Marty's departure is shocking though so I assume the decision was suitably difficult. Something obviously went on...I wonder if we'll ever know.

JohnnyBadfinger1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

As far as I'm concerned. The original bungie greats have all moved on. Joe staten moving on was a huge change up. That guy was a brilliant story writer and marty O'donnel music is amoungst the most iconical in the game industry. Bet Marty had his phone ringing around the clock when that news broke

christian hour1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

Finally he can go back to what he truly loves, Writing Flintstones Jingles! WE LOVE YOU MARTY! Even when you had a mullet, we still loved you!

Also where are all the insane fanboys who enter these articles to herald a developers Doom because of departures? Oh wait it wasn't someone from naughty dog so they don't care :P

Anyway, it's good to see Jaime Greisemar, Joe Staten and now hopefully Marty O'Donnell continue to do great work in the industry, the more bungie talent there is being spread around, the better for the gaming industry I think :)

I remember during halo2-3 development I would visit bungie every week to read the Weekly Whats Update from Frankie O'Connor, he had just joined them as community manager after a long stint as editor at OXM, and brought with him his fantastic Scottish humor. By the time Halo 2 wrapped up he was becoming more and more involved with the game and it's mythos. It's great to see that now he's in charge of things over at 343, though I do miss his weekly updates. I still have a copy of the mini tour he did of bungie studios just after halo 2 went gold. Pre-youtube and pre-viDocs. Good times :D Especially when he'd sneak in to Marty's booth, the "Ivory Tower" and mess around with his equipment, or do his Marty O'Donnell impression.

Volkama1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

@Johnny not to mention MS cherry picked some of the talent for 343i as part of the deal to let Bungie go.

But Destiny still looks very much a Bungie game, and Marty still scored the music for it. I still expect it to be fantastic, if Activision don't do anything too stupid with the monetisation.

TXIDarkAvenger1660d ago

Probably not, the amount of shit storm towards Bungie would be massive.

randomass1711660d ago

Would be nice to know what happened. This whole thing was indeed quite a shocker. But I think in the long term, both Bungie and Marty will continue finding success separately.

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Farsendor11660d ago

they probably had a disagreement about either music or maybe an in house conflict either way these things happen, music, game studios, and your everyday job.

pompombrum1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

"We hope you understand today is about that experience that you had yesterday; that's what we're going to be focused on."

Well..that's refreshing to hear if not a little disheartening.

Anyhow, at the end of the day, the ones who suffer from this drama are Bungie. You can't replace people as talented as Marty O'Donnell.

randomass1711660d ago

Agreed. Marty will succeed more easily than Bungie at the end of the day. Bungie can hopefully find another talented composer, but it will be hard to match, let alone surpass Marty.

B-radical1660d ago

Reckon 343 will pick him up?

GarrusVakarian1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

They would be stupid not to try. I would love Marty's sound back with the Halo franchise again.

Septic1660d ago

Ye its got to be happening. Its the natural thing to do.

Meanwhile...the current Halo 4 composer...

HugoDrax1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

"I would love Marty's sound back with the Halo franchise again."

Same here! I love the HALO music, it is a part of the reason why gamers were immersed in the HALO universe. The HALO soundtracks are still epic till this day.

Literally, I listen to these two songs everyday. They're from the HALO ODST soundtrack. YouTube links below....

Deference For Darkness:

Neon Night:

AsheXII1660d ago (Edited 1660d ago )

I hope not, im more than happy with Neil Navidge

randomass1711660d ago

No way 343 wouldn't at least consider hiring Marty. It would be great to see him return to the Halo series.

Massacred1660d ago


He seemed like such an integral part of the studio.

gamer78041660d ago

even not knowing the whole story, it's a bit shady, to use all his work and then fire him in my opinion. This way they get all his work, don't have to pay him anymore, and now he doesn't get royalties from the game...