Nearly two months after his unceremonious termination from Bungie, it appears Marty O’Donnell is still not done with his former employer. As it turns out, the Halo and Destiny composer has filed a lawsuit and is seeking damages from Bungie’s Harold Ryan.
O’Donnell’s lawsuit against the Chief Executive was filed back in May of this year, but has only recently come to light. In it, O’Donnell alleges that he has not been paid “unused vacation, paid time off, sabbatical time, and other benefits” that were part of his employment agreement. Now, he is seeking double damages as part of his lawsuit.
Shortly thereafter, May 27th to be exact, Bungie filed a countersuit claiming that O’Donnell wasn’t due any compensation. And thus far, the two entities are at a stalemate. O’Donnell is also pursuing additional damages, likely stemming from his sudden termination, but the details of that suit were not included in this one.
Marty O’Donnell’s termination came as a major shock to both Bungie fans and fans of the composer’s work. O’Donnell was not only (seemingly) hard at work on the music for Bungie’s upcoming online shooter Destiny, but he his prior work included the classic tunes from the entire Halo franchise; before 343 Industries took over with Halo 4. For all intents and purposes, O’Donnell was one of the faces of the company.
Then, to hear straight from O’Donnell that he had been “terminated without cause” drew a lot of suspicion from gamers. How could a long-standing staple at a company simply be let go so unceremoniously? Such is the nature of the business, I guess.
While we will likely never learn the true story behind O’Donnell’s termination, unless this lawsuit makes it all the way to court, chances are it won’t be long before the composer finds new employment. After all, with a resume that includes some of the most recognizable video game music of the last few generations, developers should be lining up to hire O’Donnell. In fact, we know of a certain Star Wars game that is staffing up for development and is likely in need of a composer.
As far as O’Donnell’s most recent work, we should be seeing a lot more of Destiny at E3 2014. So stick tuned to Game Rant for all the latest news from the event.
[UPDATED: It appears earlier reports regarding the lawsuit have been slightly confused. O'Donnell is not suing Bungie the company, but its Chief Executive Harold Ryan. Hat tip: Shalkowski]
What do you think happened with Marty O’Donnell and Bungie? What franchise would you like to see him do the music for now?
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