Doom Eternal OST feud rages on as Bethesda responds to allegations

By Tom West,

Bethesda has released a statement in response to Mick Gordon's account of the events surrounding Doom Eternal last week, calling Gordon's statement a "distortion of the truth."

Mick Gordon, the composer of Id Software's first-person shooter Doom Eternal, released a statement last week claiming that Id Software's Marty Stratton lied about the events surrounding the game's original soundtrack and that Gordon was offered a "six-figure sum to never speak about it." Bethesda has now released its own statement defending Stratton and calling Gordon's account a "distortion of the truth."

Bethesda defends Marty Stratton's version of events surrounding the Doom Eternal original soundtrack

If you're just catching this news now, Doom Eternal's Collector's Edition caught some backlash from the community when fans realised that the accompanying soundtrack only featured 11 songs from the game's composer, Mick Gordon. Following the outcry, Id Software studio director Marty Stratton published an "open letter" on Reddit in 2020, claiming that Gordon had delayed and undelivered on the soundtrack, which led to the studio's audio designer, Chad Mossholder, having to create the remaining 48 tracks. Gordon then published an extremely detailed account on Medium last week, claiming that Stratton lied in the open letter and offered Gordon a "six-figure sum" to stay quiet. Bethesda has now released a statement on Twitter defending Stratton and the team at Id Software.

Bethesda's statement says that Mick Gordon's account of the events surrounding Doom Eternal's soundtrack has "mischaracterised and misrepresented the team at Id Software." The company says that it's aware of the details and history of the relationship between Id Software and Gordon, and "unequivocally support Marty, Chad, and the team at Id Software," calling Gordon's version of events a "distortion of the truth and selective presentation of incomplete 'facts.' Mick Gordon's statement last week was accompanied by numerous screenshots and emails that were used as evidence to support the claims made, but Bethesda says that it too has "full and complete documented evidence to disclose in an appropriate venue as needed."

According to Bethesda's statement, threats and other forms of harassment have been made online towards Stratton, Mossholder, and the Id Software team since Gordon's statement, and it will take "swift and appropriate action" to protect them.

"We remain incredibly proud of Id's previous collaborations with Mick Gordon and ask that fans refrain from reaching conclusions based on his account," the statement reads. "And, more importantly, from attacking any of the individuals mentioned on either side, including Marty, Chad, or Mick."

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Tom West
Written by Tom West
Tom has been playing video games since he was old enough to hold a controller, experimenting with a number of systems until he eventually fell in love with Xbox. With a passion for the platform, he decided to make a career out of it, and now happily spends his days writing about that which he loves. If he’s not hunting for Xbox achievements, you’ll likely find him somewhere in The Elder Scrolls Online or fighting for survival in Battlefield.
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