This past December, Destiny fans got their chance to hear the game’s original, unreleased soundtrack composed by ex-Bungie musician Marty O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori and former Wings frontman Paul McCartney. That soundtrack, titled Music of the Spheres, wasn’t made officially available; fans published it to YouTube, Mega and Soundcloud.
Now it appears that Bungie is going to release the soundtrack, officially, according to members of the studio.
The revelation that Bungie might finally release Music of the Spheres kicked off this weekend as news spread that unofficial uploads of the soundtrack had been taken offline.
“Better find a way to download Music of the Spheres,” O’Donnell said on Twitter. “Looks like Activision/Bungie finally decided to take it down.”
That was followed by a post on Reddit from a member of the group behind Music of the Spheres’ unofficial release. A Reddit user who said they were the original source of the leaked soundtrack indicated that Bungie had intervened (or was on the verge of doing so), because it plans to release the project at some point soon.
“For 4 months now the community has enjoyed Music of the Spheres in a leaked format,” Reddit user OS_EpsilonTEMP wrote. “There was concern over what Bungie would do with this, as they are the copyright owners of Music of the Spheres. There was a buffer period where nothing happened, but a thing isn’t beautiful because it lasts. Free downloads of a copyrighted work are illegal. Noteworthy is that JUST LIKE the recent Halo: Online debacle, if MOTS is out long enough without Bungie protecting their copyright it can mean them losing that copyright. Bungie has a legal obligation to protect their copyrights.”
Bungie community manager “Cozmo” later responded in that thread to add some good news to the bad.
“We have plans to officially release MoTS in the near future,” he said. “We’ll have more details for you soon.”
Bungie’s impending release of Music of the Spheres appeared to be a surprise to O’Donnell.
“Really? Were you planning on telling me at some point?” O’Donnell said. “Good news.”
Destiny game director Christopher Barrett responded to O’Donnell with a cryptic message in the Bungie style: “Some hope for the future, some wait for the call,” he said, a reference to Paul McCartney’s original song for Destiny, “Hope for the Future.”
O’Donnell and Bungie’s relationship appears to still be icy. O’Donnell had a falling out with Bungie and was dismissed in April 2014, five months before the original Destiny launched. He successfully sued the studio for unpaid wages and profit-sharing benefits he was owed. His case mentioned that Activision had replaced the music that he, Salvatori and McCartney had created with another soundtrack that the publisher had commissioned.
We’ve reached out to Bungie for more information on its plans for Music of the Spheres’ official release.