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Paul McCartney working with Bungie

Ex-Beatles legend tweets that he’s “really excited” to be writing music with Halo developers.

Sir Paul McCartney is apparently playing a part in Bungie’s upcoming Destiny franchise. The former Beatles singer-songwriter posted on his Twitter account today that he’s “really excited to be working on writing music with @bungie, the studio that made Halo.”

Although Bungie hasn’t officially announced its next project, the studio’s contract with Activision was outed as a result of the publisher’s legal fight with Jason West and Vince Zampella. The contract called for Bungie to create Destiny, a series of four "massively multiplayer-style…sci-fantasy, action shooter games," to be delivered every other year beginning next fall. In between those releases, the studio was expected to produce downloadable expansion packs under the code name "Comet."

Bungie hasn't detailed release plans or platforms for its first series for Activision, and these plans were only current as of the April 16, 2010, signing of the contract.

The 70-year-old McCartney has been involved in games before, most notably with the release of The Beatles: Rock Band. In an interview with German outlet Die Zeit earlier this year, McCartney said he didn’t game himself, but was interested in the medium as a way to expose people to new music.

Brendan Sinclair
By Brendan Sinclair, Senior Editor

Brendan Sinclair has been a games journalist since 1999. His tastes are eclectic, though he has a definite affinity for games with arcade roots. He's Canadian, but has also been at home in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, and San Francisco.

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bluefox755 48 pts

I liked the beatles, but Paul McCartney hasn't exactly released any gold material in the past several decades, Paul McCartney is famous these days not for the music he's churning out, but for being Paul McCartney, I dunno, I think they coulda found a better match with a much cheaper price tag, that's just my 2 cents though.

shamp4 31 pts

This is just a stepping stone before he starts production on the new Leisure Suit Larry.

MichaeltheCM 59 pts

awesome! #Bungie moving along in the right direction again.

XIntoTheBlue 57 pts

Well, Bungie's future title is going to have some good music, at least. Not sure if it's worth the price tag to hire him, though. I generally feel this way any time a dev/publisher hires a big name entertainer (actor, singer, whatever) to do voice acting, music, etc. While the quality may be there, not sure if the price is compared to what else is out there. Then again, they're probably paying for the marketable aspect of being able to throw a big name out there to go with the game.

hadlee73 315 pts

While I appreciate the talent of McCartney, I hope he is doing this on the cheap, rather than absorbing a large percentage of the game's budget.

Archangel3371 9 pts

Wow. Well this isn't something I would have imagined but it is pretty awesome news nonetheless. Now I just wish they'd hurry up and reveal the game already, I really want to know what it is.

vishisluv7 94 pts

I'm sure all the Bungie fans over the age of 45 will be pleased as punch!

Hockenberry 6 pts

P.S. If I have to name something bad on here, I think Bungie making the wrong decision on the games making them Massively Multiplayer Online games. I dont really play them but as long as there is a single player campaign on there, I will defintley buy them!

Hockenberry 6 pts

Holy crap! I couldn't believe how many negative comments I am seeing about Paul McCartney! I thought this was great news, do you guys even know who Paul McCartney is? Everyone is using examples of songs from the Beatles like "When I'm Sixty Four" are you serious? I can tell that most of the people that have an account on here are more gamers than music fans. I am a diehard Paul McCartney fan so I know alot about him. He can write amazing scores. He did 5 Classical Albums in his career and thats not even including the movie soundtrack he did in the 1960s. His most recent classical album called "The Ocean's Kingdom" hit number 1 in the Classical music charts. I dont think you guys are giving him a chance. To me, Paul McCartney, I know he isn't doing this for the money, he is doing this for something different. He wanted to find something different for years and he does it. I think Bungie found the right guy for the next games!

vishisluv7 94 pts

 Hockenberry We all know Ringo was the creative engine of the Beatles! Paul and John rode Ringo's coattails!

Tygravius 10 pts

I'll give him a chance...but he ain't no Jermey Soule.

buccomatic 561 pts

ugh... bad turn of events with this news.

jmalloy06 15 pts

People are acting like he can't write music for a video game. He wrote an award winning soundtrack for a movie while he was with the Beatles. And it was a score not regular music. If he can write the score of a movie, he can probably write the score of a video game

MrHatnClogs 97 pts

Hey Paul,

don't make it bad.

Take a sad song and make it better.

Remember to let Marty into your music, then you can start to make it better.

ChiefFreeman 92 pts

He's the completely wrong fit for this.

NightFox313 87 pts

I'd buy the soundtrack if it's good.

speed45823 82 pts

What can you say? It's Paul's Density...I mean Destiny.

speed45823 82 pts

As if he doesn't have anything better to do but hey, what people won't do for money.  I guess we can expect Paul McCartney/Halo 4 OST at some point featuring songs like "When I'm Sixty-Four". I guess now we all know what that songs means. Maybe Bungie will consider hiring Michael Jackson next time....oh wait.....

killerlavaman 13 pts

thats badass , i  look forward to this game even more so.

EliOli 26 pts

 shanethewolf Paul McCartney is a living legend in the music industry, not some no talent celebrity trying to keep their name in the public eye.  He doesn't need that.  As a singer/songwriter myself, I take issue with your statement.  I don't feel someone like Paul McCartney pushes anyone out.  He got where he is because he's great at what he does.  If it means I get to hear great music in a video game, more power to him

ecurl143 51 pts

Indeed but the cheque Bungie is writing must be off the charts for his services.

qualopec_1 12 pts

I hope Bungie doesn't end up with legal troubles with those Asshol*s at Activision.

TheArcade 127 pts


I need somebody


Not just anybody


I need someone


forcefactor13 18 pts

 TheArcade That song will alert you when your health is low.

PrpleTrtleBuBum 8 pts

This just screams Fallout New Vegas to me. "His name was Johnny..." that's exactly what Paul will be doing.

shanethewolf 49 pts

I'm sick of celebrities getting involved where they're not needed. There are so many talented and more suitable musicians just waiting for their break, but are getting pushed out so someone can put a celebrity name on their product.


The same has happened in the animation industry with Disney employing famous voice actors and musicians, and it just ends up feeling like another clone off the production line, instead of the mysterious fantasies they used to create.

okassar 219 pts

 shanethewolf That's assuming a lot about Paul. Let's wait and see what he does. If he truly does produce what you call a "clone," then he'd be half-assing his job here. I'd like to believe that he will produce something unique.

Bartz77 32 pts

 shanethewolf Man I want that thumbs down option again, this guy obviously has no idea who Paul McCartney is and what he has done for/in the music industry.

TPlushGumbo 6 pts

 shanethewolf well i think Paul McCartney has a great ear for music thats why they have him on the team, it also does create some publicity for the game. But it is more than just the name since McCartney has a great ear for making music seeing what he did with the Beatles and post-Beatles...

AntiH3ro97 36 pts

As I think we ALL can agree, this is cool.

Dragdar 121 pts

 AntiH3ro97 i think we can ALL agree, we don't give a shit.


better give a chance to a talented young artist

1stormbringer77 20 pts

 Dragdar  AntiH3ro97 There's a problem with some of the ..erg..talented young artists.Bieber isn't what many would call talented.He's just young,cute & can carry a tune.Other than that,he's just a heart throb for the little girls today.

buccomatic 561 pts

 AntiH3ro97i don't agree. i think it sucks balls.

okassar 219 pts

The fact that Paul is working on the music for Destiny reveals something about it. Obviously he's not going to be making electronic music. I can imagine happy and calm acoustic tracks that add a human element. In combination with a beautiful, presumably sci-fi/space environment, that would be really interesting.

TruSake 34 pts

Awesome, a 60's theme first person shooter! Maybe Bungie is the new name of No One Lives Forever 3

sunghyun26 14 pts

This is great if you're playing Halo after a hard day's night.

cfstar 96 pts

I  can just imagine the music playing when i get to bottom of a slide and i go back to the top,lol

Diamondsoulz 24 pts

Too many people living underground too many people want a piece of Quake.

That was your first mistake you take a lucky break and give into Halo WTF?

and Bungie?

MrDouglas 33 pts

Will epsiode one of Destiny be titled "Live and Let Die"? :)

zulwalks 32 pts

 MrDouglas I hope so too....but too bad its copyrighted ='(

vishisluv7 94 pts

That picture is begging for memes!


vishisluv7 94 pts

"Look Paul, can we get to work..". "So I put my face between her boobs like this.."

mdchapel9 9 pts

 vishisluv7 Darth Vader "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

buccomatic 561 pts

 vishisluv7 "wait, hold on a second! what exactly is a "video game" again?"

ChemicalReaper 33 pts

Next headline: "Ex-Beatles legend ultimately disappointed upon discovering he's not actually working on a Halo game."

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