No, no, I think it does have to do with respect - respecting canon, respecting a level of quality that the series has been known for.Canon expands every day. It has been established that this is a new generation of armor, so its appearance can't break canon. Likewise, it has never been established in canon that Spartans can't have their number on their chest, so that also doesn't break canon.
Level of quality is purely subjcetive.
As and of itself 117 is just a number, yes; but it can also indicate intention, intention to dumb things down, ignore canon and be more concerned with new players, whilst taking old/true fans for granted.As it is, these are all your imagination. It's just a minor artistic detail you dislike the look of. What it "can indicate" are your post hoc justifications to make your argument appear more objective than it is.
Also, your true Scotsman rethoric is starting to get tiresome. There are no "fake" Halo fans and "true" Halo fans, there are just Halo fans, and everyone who deems themselves a fan is a fan. You can of course disrespect and argue the invalidity of new fans to your heart's content, but the more you do it, the more of an unbearable jerk you're going to sound like, and the less likely anyone is going to take your opinion seriously.
So what if I make demands? I have helped make the franchise what it is, like many others, with my time and money, why the heck can I not demand consistency?Because it's not your game. You're a customer. You vote with your wallet, and that's all the power you have. You can of course make demands, but the developers are under no obligation to listen to your personal demands, just like they aren't obliged to listen to anybody else's.
Even in instances where they graciously take direct feedback from the community, you're only one of thousands of fans eager to give feedback, and their feedback might conflict with yours. Again, because you're no more important than any other fan.
It can break the culture though can't it. If for however many years military people have decided not t emblazon armour with silly big writing, it would seem to break the culture that has been set up, what merit/advantage does it have?
Level of quality can be objective when dealing with the same subject. If you get Mona Lisa quality pictures from an artist for years then all of a sudden you get stick figures, I think you can objectively say it isn't up to the same quality; just like Halo, we have game after game of a similar quality, along come 343 and things change, its objective. Old games ship with tons of content out the bat, H5 releases standard features over a period of months to try and cover up the fact they couldn't finish the game in time - that's fact, comparing apples to apples, not some strange subjective feeling I have, you can side by side compare.
Linking with my previous what advantage does it serve? I can point to flaws, I can't think of an advantage, the MC and SII's in general are practical, why is it there? We had no need before. It smacks of Spiderman 3, where they didn't think people would get when Peter Parker was being a naughty boy unless he had a fringe.
I don't think I have singled out a person or persons have I? When I say true fans, I mean people who haven't picked up the latest game and are happy to be shafted with things like delayed content, RNG, Microtransactions, deceitful marketing and a sloppy story - the people that champion that and give 343 a pass aren't real fans, those things lead to the downfall of Halo and only embolden the greedy (I get it's a business but art and integrity don't have to be sacrificed, you can get bank and still have a quality product, its something Halo used to be bloody good at) - man that says he loves his wife and continuously slaps her about isn't a good husband just because he put a ring on it. I am making no point about new fans as and of themselves; but I do notice a lot of the people that lap up these objectively bad elements (go on, tell me the merits of Microtransactions in Halo) happen to be newer fans. I appreciate the mean spirited words - I think I am yet to call you anything; again I am commenting on 343 not you or anyone else specific (I mean unless you are an employee, in which case I suppose I am).
I enjoy the way you intimate I can't make demands then said I can. I have beefed myself up over nobody, I have made no claim to being the golden voice 343 MUST listen to, I am voicing a view which others have voiced similarly (or is an open forum not what that is for? Have I got that wrong? Is this a forum for shutting up and taking whatever 343 say/put out? I'm a fan, not a sycophant): whether it be the colour, animation style, the '117' or that these things may indicate, however slightly, 343's trend of change for changes sake. I don't think asking for consistency and respect from a decade+ sci-fi property is unreasonable. I don't want Halo to further become a Star Trek Discovery or Star Wars: the Farce Awakens/The Last Jedi I'll Ever See.