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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  • Alex Trieu

    Can’t login says requested time out and I have great wi-fi you must fix this or 3 stars for the game

  • Logan Farrell

    For all having issues connecting to MP on the android variant of the game, simply back out and delete your password in the password section and reenter it. It’s not convenient, but it works.

  • Youssef

    I Want N.O.V.A. 3 For Free , Only 1 Week !

  • Nate

    What’s the firewall port

  • aditi patnaik

    when i m playing nova3…. in the middle it stops working and my phone swiches off…. what shld i do???

  • Suzanne Penney Calder

    Same here and my little boy is driving me crazy over this! He thinks mom can fix everything but I cannot fix this myself! I hate this game.

  • Suzanne Penney Calder

    Why does this game always come up with a Request Timed Out message? We are connected to the wifi and this only happens with this game.

  • jalal

    i install the game in my huawei g610 .when i want to start first level game stay on loading page!

  • XeminasXL

    Because android is stupid

  • Ejaz Ahmed

    i have download nova 3 full data+apk i installed it on my device..when i start it it keeps popping up with a bar checking required file and installing repeats it many time..bbut game isn’t working help me out guys

  • Jaydon

    How do I change my username if I forgot it

  • Aditya

    When I play level 3 the game crashes ……. help me….pleaseeee……………………

  • christo2610

    me too

  • jobob

    i have a problem with nova 3… I was on a level and i aciidentally clicked restart level. I then went back to the very begnning of the game. Please help!!1

  • Naman Yash

    Hey please tell me if i can connect with my friends who use android phones in multiplayer local play.
    I use iPhone 5s.