In an official statement, Bethesda responded to allegations made by composer Mick Gordon that he “distorted the facts.”
Bethesda has provided an official reaction to the post that Doom Eternal composer Mick Gordon made on Medium. This development comes as the controversy over the Doom Eternal soundtrack continues.
The publisher asserts that Gordon’s allegations are unbalanced and deceptive and that the firm is prepared to make public “full and finished recorded proof” that substantiates their position. Fans first observed that the music in the OST sounded compressed, which caused it to seem weird, and this was the beginning of the disagreement between Bethesda and Mick.
Through various social media platforms, fans have communicated with the game’s creator, id Software, about their displeasure with the music, which has led to harassment. The acknowledged composer for Eternal and the Doom 2016 soundtrack, Mick Gordon, has expressed his displeasure with the original game’s soundtrack in several postings and answers. He has also stated that he is not sure whether he would ever work with id Software again.
After that, in the year 2020, the executive producer of Eternal, Marty Stratton, published a lengthy post on Reddit in which he explained the difficult production history of the OST. According to Stratton, Gordon would not make himself or the development team’s communications clear while messaging and would miss deadlines.
Stratton disclosed that Chad Mossholder, the audio director at id Software, was the one responsible for mixing the OST, giving it terrible compression. On the other hand, Mick Gordon released his own extensive response on The Medium on November 9, in which he accused Marty and Bethesda, the parent company of id Software, of propagating misinformation.
Gordon discusses his time spent working on Doom Eternal in great depth, writing about the stress of meeting stringent deadlines over the course of two years and having to toil away for extended periods of time without payment. He recalls that Stratton would frequently act belligerently against him for no apparent reason.
Marty Stratton, @idSoftware Studio Director, lied about @DOOM Eternal's OST events in a Reddit post that used disinformation to blame me entirely for its failure— Mick Gordon (@Mick_Gordon) November 9, 2022
Later, he offered me a six-figure sum to never speak about it
The truth is more important.https://t.co/zSNo2QG1mI
Gordon committed to working on the original soundtrack for Eternal with the intention of composing only twelve tunes. He was first granted an extension in his deadline, but Stratton threatened him with legal action if he didn’t make the April deadline. This was due to the fact that he would theoretically be at blame for violating consumer protection legislation if he didn’t achieve the April deadline. Although Gordon was only able to submit ten tracks, Stratton had Mossholder mix the music months in advance.
Gordon was aware of the problems with the officially published OST, and at first, he agreed with Stratton that the band should unionize in order to help calm the crowd. Instead, Stratton published the article on Reddit, which, in Gordon’s opinion, casts him in the role of the one who is to blame for the OST.
Over the course of the past two years, Gordon has been engaged in a campaign to have the job eliminated, and he has also taken legal action against Bethesda. As of right now, Bethesda has replied to Gordon’s claim by posting a reply on Twitter, in which they call Gordon’s post an “unjust” version of what occurred.
Despite the fact that fans tend to be more drawn to Gordon’s side, both sides have been subjected to a significant amount of hostility. Fans have been requested by Bethesda and Gordon to refrain from attacking any of the persons involved, including Bethesda, Stratton, and Mossholder.