Marty O'Donnell's Music Will Remain in Highly Anticipated 'Destiny' Despite Firing, Says Bungie

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Apr 18, 2014 03:29 PM EDT

The seemingly abrupt firing of Marty O'Donnell from Bungie earlier this week took everyone by surprise, apparently including the well-known composer himself. He was working as audio director at the studio on the upcoming Destiny, and Bungie explains that his music will remain in the game.

O'Donnell tweeted Wednesday that he was "saddened" to say he had been terminated on April 11 "without cause", but Bungie released a statement saying they parted as friends--two pretty contradicting stances.

No further details on his firing have been released (O'Donnell is likely unable to say), but the studio has spoken about his work and assures everyone that his music will still be present Destiny. Bungie also stated that the highly anticipated RPG-shooter hybrid is close to shipping.

Speaker to Eurogamer, the studio's chief operating officer Pete Parsons said, "I think the Bungie fan base is going to look forward to hearing Marty's music, Mike Salvatori's music, C. Paul's music and Paul McCartney's music in the game. That's going to be exciting for people. It's going to be a great, fantastic experience."

He was unable to explain O'Donnell's termination as expected, but assured fans his departure would not affect the Destiny product and they are currently polishing the near-finished product.

"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," Parsons 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."

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