Halo series and Destiny composer Martin ‘Marty’ O’Donnell is no longer working for Bungie, and he claims the studio’s directors fired him “without cause” last Friday, April 11.
O’Donnell tweeted the news this morning, and shortly after Bungie responded on its blog. Community Manager David Dague said the studio and O’Donnell parted ways “as friends.”
This would be troublesome if he turns out to have been up to shady stuff, it’s obvious that he and Bungie aren’t on the same page when it comes to their split. He was sorely missed on Halo 4, it simply wasn’t a Halo game without his iconic musical skills.
As of March 31, 2012, Bungie will no longer host any Halo services on Bungie.net. Current Halo data will be transferred to 343 and, at that time, “all live Halo data will be managed by 343 Industries, and Bungie will no longer be able to update game stats and player service records, to host new user generated content, or to operate the Bungie Pro service.” Using a peculiar bit of language, Bungie notes that “any replacement functionality” will be hosted by Halo Waypoint on halo.xbox.com.
Sad to see bungie moving on, but 343′s done pretty well so far, I’ve been fairly happy with the Halo Waypoint relaunch, and very happy with Halo Anniversary.