Ex-Halo Composer Martin O’Donnell Settles Lawsuit
Composer for the Halo shooter series, Martin O’Donnell, has reached a settlement with chief execute of Bungie, Harold Ryan. According to reports from VentureBeat, the two parties have come to terms on an amount of $95,000 for the musician’s prior work.
This deal has already been approved by the King County Superior Court judge Jeffrey Ramsdell in Seattle, making it final. The amount is a tally for $38,385 in unpaid work and vacation time, as well as $38,385 in double damages, filled up with attorney fees and such.
Martin O’Donnell initially started the lawsuit in May, after developer Bungie had suddenly let the artist go without cause. They had been working together since 2000, where the composer helped to create the music we all know from the Halo series.
Now, O’Donnell is part of Destiny’s development cycle, which has a strong link to Bungie and Halo in several ways. You’ll undoubtedly be able to enjoy more sci-fi themes there, as the first-person shooter with warlocks and giant bosses can make for some epic fights in need of a fitting score.
It’s also refreshing to see that a lawsuit for once doesn’t end in millions of damages for either one party. Though suits can sometimes be justified, such as in a few EA cases, it’s not always healthy to financially hit studios like that.
If you happen to hear a glimpse of cheerfulness in the ongoing Destiny Beta events, now you know why.