Doom Eternal composer breaks silence over clash with id Software: ‘I never quit Doom. I quit a toxic client’


More than two years after his public falling out with Bethesda Softworks, Doom Eternal composer Mick Gordon has issued a lengthy and detailed statement (opens in new tab) on his side of the dispute. Gordon claims he was the target of unfair and dishonest behaviour on id Software’s part, perpetrated primarily by Doom Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton, but defends his commitment to the game, saying, “I never quit Doom. I quit a toxic client.”

Cracks in the surface first appeared following the release of the official Doom Eternal OST in April 2020. The audio quality was dodgy (opens in new tab), and Gordon quickly revealed that he had not mixed most of the tracks. He also expressed doubt at the time that he’d work with Bethesda again. It was a very surprising statement in light of his long and seemingly-successful relationship with the studio across games including the 2016 Doom reboot, the Wolfenstein reboot, and Prey.