N.O.V.A. 3 Developer Q&A

You had questions, well here are the FULL answers courtesy of the Development Team!

In case you missed it, the Apple App Store asked you for your N.O.V.A. 3 questions and we’ve answered them. Take a behind the scenes look at the development of this hit iOS & Android title & let us know if we answered your burning questions. If we missed yours, be sure to let us know in the comments. Enjoy! :)

From Shaan: What does “N.O.V.A.” stand for?
It stands for “Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance.” In the N.O.V.A. franchise, Earth can no longer sustain human life. As a species, we were forced to move to huge near orbit complexes or, in layman’s terms, man made structures orbiting the earth and other planets. The Vanguard Alliance governs these complexes.

From Jacob: How did you come up with the idea for “N.O.V.A?”
This is goes back to the early days of the iPhone! At the time, there were very few first-person shooters available on the App Store and they all had bad controls & ergonomics (at least according to me). While we were working on Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes, our third-person shooter, we created a new way to play on mobile devices: the now famous “d-pad + action button + cam to move.”

We decided to use this new control scheme to create our favorite types of games, first-person shooters, and bring an entirely new experience to iOS gaming. From there we decided to go with two different types of games, a contemporary military shooter (Modern Combat) and a futuristic one (N.O.V.A.).

From Anonymous: Who is your favorite character/level/etc.?
I really like our new Kal Wardin design, his armor evolution is really cool! I also like the new jetpack enemies & the tension the Skull Crushers create when they appear in small places.

My favorite level is Boreas. The sandstorm (and the level in general) is visually stunning & really shows how games on iOS have progressed.

From Paulo: What programming language was it built in?
Answer: The game was built in C++ & Objective-C

From Anonymous: How many developers worked on N.O.V.A. 3?
Our core team (developers, artists, & game designers) is about 50 people. And of course, a lot of other people helped shape the direction and content of N.O.V.A. 3 including: the sound designers & voice actors, QA testers, localization teams, ect. You can see a detailed list in the About section of the game. :)

From Leo: How many hours did it take to develop?
It took about a year for our team to develop.

From Aaron: Should I finish N.O.V.A. 2 before starting 3?
It’s always interesting to know the back-story of a game, but we developed N.O.V.A. 3 to have its own plot so that you can start the series without being lost.

From Anonymous: Any tips & tricks?
Use the special powers! Also, look out for weapon stashes that will help you in battle.

From Anonymous: Do you have any fun inside stories about the game?
Well, its not really an inside story, but I always like to go back and look at the early screenshots of the game. It’s exciting to see the game’s progression from greybox or basic textures to a fully realized experience. I’m always blown away by the difference! Here is a great example of an early level vs. the finished version of the game.

Early version of N.O.V.A. 3

Finished version of N.O.V.A. 3



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  • umar

    I have forget my password of N.O.V.A

    i wnat to change my phone with same nova account

    what should i do ?

  • Harish Kumar J

    I’m changing my phone… How can i save and backup the game progress?

  • ToTo Alava

    hey guys, can somebody help me? i installed nova3 on my ipad and @ the beggining when i open the game i mistakenly pick the russian flag and now icant go back to the beggining or settings where i can choose american flag. i get stucked! i cant even start the game.

  • Fluffy Law

    When I delete it it just takes the name of null. Please help. Even if I press delete app in settings it won’t work. When I go back the null is back.

  • Jitender Yadav

    I am having the same issue in my redmi note 3. :( :'(
    do anyone know any solution for this? Any help is Appreciated… :)

  • Hashim

    How to change language on nova 3 in iOS?

  • dipesh

    Need help. everytime i open this game its showing msg that “you dont have google play account register.” And its closing the game. Im not able to play it now. please help m to resolve this.

  • Prasanna Maharjan

    This game lags in single player on snapdragon 650 & 652 having adreno 510. Please fix it

  • Tysl332

    Gameloft, Why did you get rid of moga controller support on android or any controller support in this game?? I don’t like playing this on a touch screen especially on a 12″ tablet after your recent update I found out I couldn’t use my moga pad with this game I know you couldn’t in the free version but getting rid of it after an update in the paid version was just bullshit I want my money back unless you decide to add controller support back in it feels like a giant rip off and I haven’t played this since you got rid of it!

  • Ashfakur Rahman Prottoy

    Hi, i am a nova 3 player. At first i didn,’t connect it with my mailing address. Now i want to connect it with my e-mail address. What should i do???

  • zari tasnim oyshi

    alfi you my bast friend me your bast friend . you 2 player games kalba please . me to 2 player games kalbo .please kalo , please kalo , please kalo ,please kalo , please kalo ,please kalo ,please kalo ,please kalo ,please ,please kalo ,please kalo ,please kalo .

  • Ajin Thomas

    host created by androin is not available on ios … do we have a solution for this

  • Tm Ananthakrishnan

    i downloaded the game from play store but its crashing when i click on campaing. can any1 suggest any solution???

  • Jonny

    The Best Game

  • satyajeet sidar

    I had already play these gam
    e and am in level 7 i have signed in the game by my gmail id then i left the game for some days…..after that i want to play the game but i have lost my mission pls suggest me how to continew the previous game……pls rply fast

  • Rakshit Richharia

    This is second time this problem has happened with me. I had a username of ‘Rakitic796′ in the game N.O.V.A.3 Freedom edition but when I changed to a new device I can’t log in. :( I was a very high level player in that game and need my account back. When I try to retrieve my password then it show that no account with the name “Rakitic796″ exists but when I try to create a new ID with the same name it shows that the name is already occupied.Please help me to get my account back