Mick Gordon Addresses Doom Eternal OST Controversy!
The video game franchise Doom Eternal debuted in 2016. The protagonist, Doomslayer, tries to stop an alien from destroying Earth, and more, in this action adventure.
Mick Gordon explained his side of the events surrounding the release of the Doom Eternal soundtrack over two years ago, claiming that studio leadership, and in particular executive producer Marty Stratton, were consistently abusive throughout the process.
For his part, Gordon has shared his account of the controversy surrounding Doom Eternal, in which he claims that id Software underpaid him for his work on the game’s score and OST and that executive producer Marty Stratton was consistently hostile during their collaboration.
When the game’s official soundtrack was made available for digital download, fans noted certain discrepancies with the score from within the game itself. The composer denied mixing the original soundtrack.
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A Reddit post by Doom Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton from May 2020 explains why the game’s music won’t be featured in the collector’s edition until later.
According to Stratton, Doom Eternal’s composer Mick Gordon missed many deadlines and gave fans false information through internet posts.
Gordon has written a lengthy article on Medium in which he claims that Stratton acted dishonestly and used “disinformation and innuendo” to pin the blame for the collector’s edition soundtrack dilemma on Gordon.
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According to Gordon, “I never quit DOOM.”
A deal was never completed after months of back-and-forth negotiations, during which Microsoft revealed it would acquire Bethesda and Gordon believes Stratton became increasingly hostile.
Mick Gordon sums up his experience in the industry as follows: “I’ve worked on some incredible games, formed lifetime friendships, and worked my butt off in the trenches with some of the best creative minds on the planet.”
My time working in the video game industry has been nothing but rewarding. My so-called partnership with Marty Stratton is not among them.
I have never stopped playing DOOM. I broke up with a bad client. Marty refused to understand that I would never want to work with him again and instead tried to deliberately hurt my professional standing as retribution.
He sought to cover up his deception with a wad of cash when his lies and insinuation were debunked by the most elementary analysis.
Musician Mick Gordon Alleges the Game’s Executive Producer Misled About the Score for Doom Eternal.
According to Gordon’s blog post, the Doom Eternal soundtrack was developed on a strict schedule that mandated completion of the music months before the completion of the combat it would play alongside (and match).
Gordon continued by saying he constantly pushed back against this schedule but was met with pushback from the higher-ups at id Software, who were of the opinion that finishing the music sooner would save time.
Gordon claims that he was unpaid for 11 months beginning in January 2019 because his submitted song was repeatedly turned down.
At E3 2019, Bethesda announced that “Mick Gordon’s original DOOM Eternal soundtrack” will be included in the collector’s edition of Doom Eternal, causing tensions to boil over despite Gordon’s claims that he was never asked about creating a separate soundtrack.
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Gordon claimed id Software didn’t pay him for half the game’s soundtrack. Marty Stratton was disrespectful and nasty while working on the score. Gordon claims he was given minimal direction and tight deadlines for the music, causing crunch hours. Gordon claims he was paid a six-figure fee to never discuss the Doom Eternal music. Gordon says Stratton wanted different tracks. Gordon says he turned over his tunes and got compensated, including a bonus.
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