Mick Gordonthe composer of the soundtrack of Doom Eternaland many other Bethesda Softworks titles, published a lengthy post of denunciation in which she took stock of the reasons that led to her breakup with id Software and the release of the game’s soundtrack in a sorry state (we’re talking about the OST, not the music in play).
The public complaint stems from a 2020 post Reddit by Marty Stratton, who in fact accused him of being the cause of the mediocre work done on the OST. After trying to resolve the matter in an amicable way, without being able to do so, Gordon decided to explain the situation from his point of view, to affirm what he calls the truth and avoid further repercussions on his career.
The post is very long and articulated and deserves to be read in its entirety because, apart from the controversy, it is very interesting, since it makes it clear what is the work behind the creation of the soundtrack of a video game and what are the clashes that can arise. in what is still a working environment.
The highlights are different. id Software he would initially have asked the composer to create the music of two levels a month, a feat not impossible, except that the levels did not yet exist, the reference material was insufficient and no one gave him precise indications to follow.
Gordon accused Stratton of lying publicly to cover up his management incapacities, which led the composer to long crunch periods, not being adequately directed at the work to be done, ending up throwing away a lot of what he did and being paid only for the half of what ended up in the game, with part of the soundtrack being salvaged from material he thought had been discarded.
The situation described is definitely toxicbetween last-minute communications, late contracts, work on the OST entrusted to an outsider without warning Gordon and that public post of accusations, which arrived after the two had agreed on a joint statement never materialized, which led Gordon to suffer large reprisals by gamers, who as usual have given the worst of them by sending him offensive messages, publishing his data online and threatening him in every way and manner, even suggesting that he commit suicide.
Gordon tried to have Stratton, id Software, Bethesda and the moderation of Reddit removed the offending post by Reddit, passing by his lawyers, also asking for a public apology, but without succeeding in the intent. Bethesda of him would have offered him a large sum to cover up the situation and take the blame for everything, so as to cover up Stratton’s behavior. Gordon refused and, frustrated by the whole situation, which lasted for years, he decided to make this public release, accompanied by documents that prove his thesis.
Too bad that a success story like that of Doom Eternal is tainted by similar events. However, if what Gordon said were true, Bethesda and, at this point, Microsoft, should really do something to resolve the situation.