According to a recent article by Waypoint in which they delve into the production of the Halo series, Jaime Griesemer, who worked as a designer on Halo: Combat Evolved, gave some insight into the name, and revealed that Microsoft really didn't like it all that much.
"They hated the name," he explained. "They said that it doesn't mean anything, and to people it does mean something to, it's not on-brand, because what we're selling is the super soldier, not this weird space junk. In every foreign language it sounds stupid, it's feminine—they had so many reasons why the name should be changed. They went for months and months, and they came back with a bunch of names. It was another border dispute."
"At some point they said, "Okay, we're going to do a subtitle." And this was before subtitles were the thing every game had. We thought that was dumb, but whatever, we could ignore it. Eventually they came back with Combat Evolved, and we thought that was the stupidest thing ever. It doesn't mean anything, it's not really informational, and it's not even good grammar."
Do you like the name Halo, or do you think these concerns were (or still are) valid?
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