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Merlin, October 19, 2014 in Feedback & Suggestions
This is personal opinion, but suggestions should steer clear of colons and latin. It's obviously preferable to be succinct, with three or fewer words in the title. It has to be accessible, easy to read, and easy to pronounce. I'd also like to see suggestions drop the use of Squad altogether, as this thread doesn't exist to extend or modify a current name which we already acknowledge as flawed. Titles don't have to be military-themed nor do they have to embody the subject matter of the game, in the event that they seem to embody a feeling that we're trying to instill in a player.
I want to reiterate this point because I believe it is important.
As a game we really would like to stick out, and at this stage I see two good options:
Having talked about it amongst the team, we really don't think that adding some sort of Suffix to the name is the way to go. While it adds uniqueness, it only causes more confusion and makes the title a great deal more wordy and hard to remember. For people searching for just "Squad" it would make the game even harder to find if we are including some sort of suffix and diluting how much value we place in Squad as a title. The fact that generally such title's are used with sequels and expansion packs / DLC detracts even further.
So to people in this thread I would encourage you to continue coming up with as many more cool and unique titles as you can, but at this point refrain from suggestions of Squad: Some Title, as we are probably not going to go that route.
The short version is that while Squad as a title is flawed, it sounds good, is compelling, and will get the job done as a game title (although I know many would contest that). But if someone comes up with a really good completely different title that captures the spirit of the game, it is certainly not too late to completely change it at this stage and we are prepared to do so.
As a side note, we can't use Overwatch as it is currently trademarked as a video game title by Blizzard.
Bottom line though, more ideas!
Are you asking for actual suggestions for a game name?
I am assuming that Squad will be strictly a Modern day tactical FPS that will depict conflicts in the Middle East, China, and Europe. If this is the case, then I guess it'll have to have a vague sort of name, like "Armed Assault" or "Combined Arms" that is inclusive of all factions and eras in the game... which is kind of challenging to think of.
Remove that option from the poll, pl0x.
All For One
Honour - Valour - Pride (stole that from Bolt Thrower)
And basically any song or album title by Bolt Thrower
I think people really underestimate how easily a game can scale the ranks of google. You have a huge network of people who all talk about the game on external forums like reddit, on youtube, sites write articles on the game, and you have the ability to land on Steam's front page.
I won't rule out the possibility of a better name, but it really won't be nearly as hard as some people think.
Also single word names are all the rage these days in gaming.
I think people really underestimate how easily a game can scale the ranks of google. You have a huge network of people who all talk about the game on external forums like reddit, on youtube, sites write articles on the game, and you have the ability to land on Steam's front page.I won't rule out the possibility of a better name, but it really won't be nearly as hard as some people think.Also single word names are all the rage these days in gaming.
I like this mans thinking.
For now I've removed the poll since we've got a pretty good idea of what the spread is on people's opinions. We may introduce a new poll later once we've got some more ideas with the best ones.
Here's a list of cool single name titles that i've stolen from a certain band
FOB OF WAR
"Squad" fits perfectly for the game
it's meant to be a teamwork based game, where everybody is basically supposed to be in a squad helping their mates.
And for the search mechanisms, just use "game" after the name, like "squad game forums" and etc. 10/10 works everytime i tried with any other game that isn't a triple A title.
This Is My Weapon
War Is Hell
That Others May Live
The Long Walk
One Eye Open
EchelonThe Chosen Few
Hard to find ones that don't make it sound like the next Call of Duty game.
Turn the direction of the game towards a Somalia themed mmo:World of Warlords
P L A T O O NIt's like Squad, but I think it'll be more search-engine friendly. The only conflict there might be is with that old Vietnam War movie (from the 70s I think), which is also called "Platoon".
Some other ideas:
It would be a lot easier to think of names if the game depicted a historical event. I always thought names like "Red Orchestra" (WWII Eastern Front), "Nostrum Mare" WWII North Africa), "Rising Storm" (WWII Japan vs USA) are excellent striking names that give you a good impression of what the game is about.
I suggest a single-but-motafakin'-awesome word to the game, like Arma, Battlefield or Insurgency. This bring strength, uniqueness and open space for future iterations like "GameName: Future Iteration" or "Gamename: Community Mod".For now, I'll stick with Deployment or Overwatch, these may not be the best name possible, but they are the two that I find most fitting. Platoon is also a reasonable name, but it sound a bit general, in my humble opinion.
You mean successful?
Yeah, I think at least here in the U.S. Platoon wouldn't work because it is a pretty well known movie and you'd have a tough time toppling it from the top of the Google search
Soldier (even more generic than Squad)
Some weird name:DETASH: Decade-Enhanced TActical SHooter.
Haha "decade-enhanced" that's great. But not seriously