Marty O’Donnell, composer of one the most iconic themes in the history of video games, has been fired by Bungie without cause, it was announced via Twitter. In a short statement on their website, Bungie have confirmed their parting but have stated that they will remain “friends”. This, however, seems a tad unlikely, but it does present Microsoft with a rather unique opportunity…
O’Donnell’s work with the company stretches from the 1990’s to the present, he was-prior to his dismissal-working on the score for Bungie’s upcoming, highly anticipated new IP, Destiny, though invariably, there will be a knock on effect from these events. Could this affect the game in terms of its commercial success? The composer’s work on the Halo series was a major contributor to its popularity, and the decision on their part to let him go is baffling to say the least, and it is highly unlikely that the details around it will become public knowledge any time soon.
However, for O’Donnell, there will likely be a slew of job offers from developers keen to attract his talents to their own causes, and at the head of the queue, there should be standing a representative from Microsoft’s 343 Industries. The Halo franchise is only continuing to grow, with Microsoft having a television series, a separate “digital feature” involving Ridley Scott, a HD remake of Halo 2 and a brand new game in development, it would only be fitting that Microsoft recruit the man behind the music that made the original Halo so very special.
One company’s loss could very well turn out to be another’s gain, and a pretty hefty one at that. Neil Davidge and Kazuma Jinnouchi certainly did a pretty solid job with the soundtrack to Halo 4, but the opportunity to recruit the man behind the Halo theme is simply too good an opportunity for Microsoft to pass up, and if for some reason you need to be reminded of the man’s genius, then check out these examples from Halo, Halo 2 and Halo 3: ODST.
So, Microsoft, what exactly are you waiting for?
-James Paton @theblackpage81