Mick Gordon drama explained: Timeline from DOOM Eternal to open letter

Eve Edwards November 17, 2022
Mick Gordon drama explained: Timeline from DOOM Eternal to open letter
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Mick Gordon is embroiled in drama after the composer penned an open letter in which he made claims about behind-the-scenes workings on the DOOM Eternal soundtrack.

Gordon had a lot to live up to following his critically acclaimed original soundtrack (OST) for 2016’s DOOM. But unfortunately, following the release of DOOM Eternal four years later, the OST was panned by critics. This was far from what video game-lovers had anticipated, with Kotaku dubbing it a “train wreck” after the OST release.

Now Mick Gordon has decided to share his side of the story, two years after Marty Stratton issued his own public statement.

Let’s take a look at how the drama unfolded in the two-and-a-half years since DOOM Eternal’s release.

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Mick Gordon and DOOM Eternal drama unfolds

In 2020, after criticism was levelled against the DOOM Eternal soundtrack, the game’s executive producer Marty Stratton issued a public statement. In the statement, published to Reddit, the composer’s work was called into question and raised concerns over Gordon’s “ability to deliver the finished product.”

Gordon didn’t respond to the remarks at the time, although it sparked debate among game lovers. Entire Twitter threads were created about the DOOM Eternal OST.

Gordon did jump in on one Twitter thread to claim his work wasn’t being heard properly on the OST:

After several weeks of silence following the soundtrack’s release, id Software announced it would no longer work with Mick Gordon. On May 4, 2020, it was reported the company had parted ways and Gordon would not work on the music for DOOM Eternal’s DLC.

Mick Gordon pens open letter about DOOM Eternal

Mick Gordon remained largely quiet about what went down with id Software, Bethesda, and the DOOM Eternal team. However, Gordon is now sharing his side of the story.

Gordon has written about his own experiences in an open letter, countering Stratton’s statement and “exercising my right to defend myself.” He also made a string of allegations about his experience working with id Software and Bethesda on the project.

The Focus has reached out to Mick Gordon and Bethesda for comment.

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Gordon urges fans not to boycott DOOM

Although Mick Gordon made his experiences working on DOOM Eternal public, he has requested the public doesn’t stoke the drama further.

A day after publishing the statement, Gordon tweeted fans not to boycott DOOM. He wrote: “To those taking action against the game, please spare a thought for all the talented people who worked incredibly hard to make the game you enjoyed. The team’s work, which drew critical acclaim, deserves celebration, and their efforts should not be the target of a protest.

“This statement is not an excuse for a hate campaign. Acts of hate dished out online won’t result in any positive change. It only makes things worse.”

Bethesda statement on DOOM Eternal drama

On November 16, 2022, publisher of the DOOM games Bethesda tweeted a statement responding to Gordon.

It read: “The recent post by Mick Gordon both mischaracterized and misrepresented the team at id Software, the development of DOOM Eternal, Marty Stratton, and Chad Mossholder [lead audio designer at id] with a one-sided and unjust account of an irreparable professional relationship. We reject the distortion of the truth and selective presentation of incomplete ‘facts.'”

You can read the full statement below:

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Eve Edwards is a staff writer for The Focus who has been with GRV Media since April 2019. Having gained a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Bristol, Eve joined GRV starting out as a writer for Reality Titbit before making her way over to HITC. With a passion for music, TV, and cultural news, Eve eventually found a home at The Focus. Eve spent 2021-2022 freelancing for GRV Media while she completed a Masters in Music Performance, and brings her wide array of interests to the company in her written work. In Eve's spare time you'll find her working her way through the day's Wordle, Heardle, and Quordle, or struggling to complete The Guardian's cryptic crossword.