The Doom games have an iconic soundtrack, and there's still nothing quite like racking a sci-fi shotgun to the thumps of heavy metal as you prepare to leap on your next demonic target. The man responsible for this feeling in Doom Eternal, Mick Gordon, the game's composer, has taken to Medium to set the record straight about how he was treated by id Software following his work on the game - and it's not pretty.
In the mammoth '58-minute-read' post, Gordon states that id Software’s executive producer Marty Stratton wasn't entirely truthful when he took to Reddit almost three years ago to explain the controversial Doom Eternal OST release. In the post, Stratton mentions Gordon a lot, and he isn't painted in a great light.
It's no wonder, then, that Gordon released a giant polemic via Medium, which he clarifies as "a defence, not an unprovoked attack, issued with extreme reluctance only after all other attempts to resolve the matter have failed."
Gordon claims that he had undergo crunch to get the OST out, at one point he went without pay for 11 months, and that id Software used most of the content he produced, despite only paying for half of it. And that is just a short summary of some of the issues Gordon outlines in his post.
The extra sting in the tail is that Gordon alleges that he didn't hear the final OST until its release, which is when he found a plethora of additional tracks not created by him. "I was stunned at the ineptitude and couldn’t believe what I was hearing," Gordon says in the post. "Track after track was full of real, obvious technical faults, mistakes, and errors resulting from careless editing."
Gordon has also taken to Twitter to explain why he felt the need to discuss the topic. "Marty’s post severely impacted my professional & personal reputation. In releasing this statement, I'm exercising my right to defend myself.
It is a defence, not an unprovoked attack, issued with extreme reluctance only after all other attempts to resolve the matter have failed."