A small Doom Eternal update launched earlier this week revealed a new Halloween-themed Mancubus as part of the game Ghoul, gourd and galleon Incident and a bug was fixed. But it also made a change that I think is much more interesting than any one: it resets the main menu music to “the same as when Doom Eternal was launched in March 2020.”
This is a weird one, right? It turns out that when “The Ancient Gods Part Two” appeared in March, it brought new music to the main menu.And fans noticed: users across multiple threads Reddit with steam Ask what happened to the original music and how they restored it. The Mod manufacturer finally took this matter into his own hands and created “Old main menu music“(Now set to hidden, and warn “If the main menu music changes again, you can count on me to make a new version of this mod”) and “Mick Gordon main menu theme.”
No mention of DLC changes Release notes, As far as I know, Bethesda has never explained why the subject was swapped, or even admitted that it happened. However, some people speculate that Bethesda’s “complex” relationship with composer Mick Gordon is its root cause. This was first exposed in April, about a month after the release of “Ancient Gods Part 2”, when Gordon said on social media that he did not mix most of the official “Doom Eternal” soundtrack and expressed doubt whether he would Cooperate with Bethesda again in the future.
However, shortly after that, “Doom Eternity” executive producer Marty Stratton explained Bethesda’s position, praising Gordon as a talented composer, but adding that he was difficult to work with. “Created an unsustainable project uncertainty and risk model for the studio.” Production issues forced a delay in the soundtrack of Doom Eternal, and ultimately prompted Bethesda’s chief audio designer Chad Mossholder to splice the in-game tracks into a “composite OST”, which is why it is so compressed.
Tensions increased significantly after the soundtrack was released: Gordon was dissatisfied with certain content and editing, and Moshold was considered a co-composer, Stratton said, even though he pointed out that Moshold was actually listed To “contribute to the artist.” Even so, Stratton said at the time that he was surprised to hear Gordon doubted about working with Bethesda again, but added: “In the near future, we are on the move. Will not cooperate with Mick. We are currently making DLC. It’s not excessive to speculate that replacing some of Gordon’s non-game music may be part of the “keep moving” process.
This is Mick Gordon’s original main menu music:
This is the “Doom Eternity: Ancient Gods Part Two” menu song, composed of Andrew Hulshult and David Levy along with other ancient gods’ soundtrack. This is a similar atmosphere, but very different:
Most of the reactions to the conversion seem to be happy that Gordon’s music has returned, although he certainly appreciates Hulshult/Levy’s music as well. Quite a few fans hope that Bethesda will add a menu option that allows players to switch menu music at will: “Mick Gordon’s menu music is back, it’s great, I missed it a bit,” YaBoyTony wrote, To capture the mood of the moment. “Although I think I might start to miss David Levy’s menu theme now, I find it too difficult.”
It is not clear why the main menu music was changed in the first place, or why Bethesda chose to change it back after six months. Earlier this week, I contacted all the people involved-Bethesda, Gordon, Hulshult and Levy to see if anyone would provide me with clues. If they do, I will update.