Mick Gordon, the composer for a variety of AAA video games, including Id Software’s Doom series and upcoming first-person shooter Atomic Heart, has released a comprehensive statement about his time working on Doom Eternal. A lengthy article that delves into claims of intense crisis, months without pay, mismanagement and a protracted legal battle.
For those who don’t know, the Doom Eternal OST was released back in April 2020 as a clearly messed up product. We covered that in a long feature back then, but it was clear there had been a breakdown between Mick and Id. Now, three years after an open letter from Marty Stratton at Id Software blaming Mick for much of the quality of the OST, Mick has come out with his own side of the story.
Gordon’s Medium post (which we highly recommend you read in full here) addresses a variety of issues he allegedly experienced during his time working on Doom Eternal, as well as in the months and years following the game’s release. This includes crunch, as Gordon said, “I’ve been working straight for months, trying desperately to keep on top of things, and each week seemed to bring a new set of problems.” Gordon claims this was made worse by being kicked out of meetings, emails going unanswered, files being automatically deleted and information being withheld.
Additionally, Gordon claims that while working on Doom Eternal, he suffered from serious salary problems. He claims that the audio team withheld approvals from tracks, which in turn withheld payment, resulting in an alleged 11 months without pay for his work.
Regarding the Doom Eternal OST, Gordon claims that he was not offered a contract to produce the Doom Eternal OST when pre-orders for it went live, with his name attached to the product.
As for the extra workload, Gordon claims he produced “more than double the minutes stated in the contract” by the time he was done. He also claims that Id Software used almost all of the music, which is more than double what the company allegedly paid for. Gordon states in his post that Id Software still refused to pay for those tracks.
As for the original scope of the Doom Eternal OST, Gordon claims he originally “suggested a full-length 30-track album lasting over two hours”, but this was shot down despite Marty’s statement, if Gordon’s statement is to be believed Stratton’s more openly Letter claiming the opposite.
Perhaps Gordon’s most bizarre claim relates to the album of edits sent to him by Id Software, which the company claimed was in the works for a short time. However, thanks to metadata from the audio files Gordon showed in his statement, some of the tracks appear to have been in the works as early as August 2019, before Gordon claims he received the contract.
The massive statement ends by covering the Reddit post with an open letter, which Gordon says was published after a Skype call between him and Stratton. The months that followed were marked by a combination of legal hearings, during which he was allegedly offered a six-figure sum to keep the situation secret.
What happens next is anyone’s guess, but it looks like Mick Gordon has managed to move onto new projects that work better for him. We can only wait and see if Gordon gets the public apology he wants or if legal battles continue in the background.
https://www.vg247.com/mick-gordon-releases-tell-all-statement-on-doom-eternal-ost Mick Gordon releases a comprehensive statement on Doom Eternal OST