I didn’t watch the areola television show on Paramount+, so I have no opinion on that. Former Halo art director Marcus Lehto has seen it, however, and he has opinions – and he’s not shy about sharing them on Twitter.
Lehto has been with Bungie since the early days, credited for graphics and artwork on Myth: The Fallen Lords before becoming art director on Halo: Combat Evolved, a role he held in Halo 2 and 3. He then served as creative director on Halo: Reach, the last Halo game to be developed by Bungie, before leaving the studio in 2012.
It’s fair to say the story gives him some thoughts on the Halo TV series, and he’s been sharing some of them on Twitter. “I’m still going through the series. Lots of mixed emotions and opinions!” he said last weekend when a follower first asked about it.
That opinion seemed to harden a few days later, however. “I’m not sure where the inspiration for the show comes from right now,” he tweeted during a conversation with followers. “Not the Halo I made.” In response to another fan, he quickly clarified the point: “The Halo I helped make.”
Yeah, I’m not sure where the inspiration for the show comes from right now. Not the Halo I made.May 16, 2022
It sounds pretty harsh, but Lehto later noted that he wasn’t suggesting criticism, just change. “For clarity, I never said I didn’t like it,” he said. tweeted later. “It’s so different from the Halo I helped make – it’s like a different universe.
“I actually like some of the battle scenes. Cool action and great visual effects. In particular, the plasma effects in ep1 are perfect.”
I didn’t say I hate the show. Some parts are interesting. Just confused by a lot of the choices that were made that seem very outside of the core fiction I helped create.May 18, 2022
It is not very difficult to understand Lehto’s perspective. He’s one of the main original figures responsible for creating Halo, so he must have deep connections with him, but he’s also been away from the series for over a decade – Halo: Reach was released in 2010. Things have changed a lot since then. so, and it’s fair for Lehto (or anyone, really) to say it’s cool, but it’s not my Halo.
When he’s not talking about the Halo TV series on Twitter, Lehto is leading a new studio at Electronic Artswhere he is working on the Battlefield series.