Bungie fans outraged as beloved Destiny composers and other veteran employees are put out of work

There have been an awful lot of layoffs across the game industry in 2023, but against that bleak backdrop this week’s cuts at Bungie came as a shock. Fans are mourning the loss of a number of long-term employees, particularly composers Michael Salvatori, who wrote countless memorable tracks for both Destiny games as well as earlier Bungie projects going all the way back to Myth: The Fallen Lords, and Michael Sechrist, the composer of Deep Stone Lullaby, which we called “the most gorgeous piece of game music that you’ve never heard.”

Salvatori’s layoff was confirmed by an update to his website. What was originally an extensive biography detailing his long history with Bungie and the numerous awards his work on the Destiny games have won, has been replaced with a simple, two-word message: “Gone fishin’ :)”

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