Screen shot 2009-09-09 at 9.48.51 PMAt today's press event, Gameloft took the stage a showed up an upcoming first person shooter that is due later this year. The game has universally reminded people of Bungie's Halo franchise and features mission based scenarios on alien worlds.

We contacted Gameloft who gave us this bullet list of features that will be coming in Nova.

  • A single campaign that includes dozens of levels
  • 5 weapons
  • A wide variety of alien enemies
  • Multiplayer deathmatch & team deathmatch modes over WiFi & Bluetooth
  • Push notifications
  • Voice chat
  • iPod library access

Here's the clip from today's keynote speech showing the game in action:

The game is said to be due for this holiday season.

  • Josh

    Not only do Gameloft produce games way too similar to console counterparts, but they also happen to name these rip-offs similarly as well.

    At least they are fairly decent games.

  • Vicente Ragal

    That game looks absolutely awesome! Where can i watch the keynote?

  • Josh

    Not only do Gameloft produce games way too similar to console counterparts, but they also happen to name these rip-offs similarly as well.

    At least they are fairly decent games.

  • Vicente Ragal

    That game looks absolutely awesome! Where can i watch the keynote?

  • Thiago Auge

    Why all gameloft games have to be clones??? (halo, gta, call of duty 4, and the list goes on...)
    I thought that the "fun" of being a developer was creating and innovating...

    • Vicente Ragal

      You really think that Gameloft wants to have fun? lol, money baby, money...

    • Somerandomdude

      Sure almost all of Gameloft's games have been copies/knockoffs/ports of existing games, but you wouldn't be playing those games (or at least something similar) on your iDevice if it weren't for them. Plus all their games are top quailty, they never make a "cheap" knockoff. I've been able to enjoy every single game I've ever played by them.

    • spiffyone

      Remind me again how Terminator Salvation, a licensed game, was an IP rip off.

      Do the same for Brothers in Arms and Assassin's Creed, two IPs from sister company UbiSoft.

      Oh, and I really want to know which IP Castle of Magic rips off. I mean, seriously....

      Your point, while having a good foundation in truth, does not apply to Gameloft's output as a whole.

    • todd

      The fact of the matter is, people like the console games. If they want to experiment with new ideas that might just be stupid, they can but sometimes a more enjoyablle game is produced when they fall back on ideas that are simmaler to the consol ones.

    • hamza

      i know rite buh i think thats what they do they make gmaes that have already been made because every1 will know it

  • Thiago Auge

    Why all gameloft games have to be clones??? (halo, gta, call of duty 4, and the list goes on...)
    I thought that the "fun" of being a developer was creating and innovating...

    • Vicente Ragal

      You really think that Gameloft wants to have fun? lol, money baby, money...

    • Somerandomdude

      Sure almost all of Gameloft's games have been copies/knockoffs/ports of existing games, but you wouldn't be playing those games (or at least something similar) on your iDevice if it weren't for them. Plus all their games are top quailty, they never make a "cheap" knockoff. I've been able to enjoy every single game I've ever played by them.

    • spiffyone

      Remind me again how Terminator Salvation, a licensed game, was an IP rip off.

      Do the same for Brothers in Arms and Assassin's Creed, two IPs from sister company UbiSoft.

      Oh, and I really want to know which IP Castle of Magic rips off. I mean, seriously....

      Your point, while having a good foundation in truth, does not apply to Gameloft's output as a whole.

    • todd

      The fact of the matter is, people like the console games. If they want to experiment with new ideas that might just be stupid, they can but sometimes a more enjoyablle game is produced when they fall back on ideas that are simmaler to the consol ones.

    • hamza

      i know rite buh i think thats what they do they make gmaes that have already been made because every1 will know it

  • capa's jump

    HOLY CRAP!

  • capa's jump

    HOLY CRAP!

  • danny

    later this year? so in gameloft language, maybe next week?

  • Robert

    Voice chat...should be interesting!

  • SalsaMD

    People forget that Gameloft's mission has always been to bring console game to cell phones. Now with the quality of the iphone asymptotically approaching consoles (every so slowly), but far greater than cell phones, this line is getting blurred. Me thinks the masses doth nonetheless protest too much. Gameloft is bringing good content to the iDevice platform. Period.

    • todd

      you do not have an "idivice" do you. we who do have them would appreciate it if you let us speak for ourselves.

      • anonymous

        you can't even spell "idevice".... and gameloft is finally going to bring down elminate

  • danny

    later this year? so in gameloft language, maybe next week?

  • Robert

    Voice chat...should be interesting!

  • SalsaMD

    People forget that Gameloft's mission has always been to bring console game to cell phones. Now with the quality of the iphone asymptotically approaching consoles (every so slowly), but far greater than cell phones, this line is getting blurred. Me thinks the masses doth nonetheless protest too much. Gameloft is bringing good content to the iDevice platform. Period.

    • todd

      you do not have an "idivice" do you. we who do have them would appreciate it if you let us speak for ourselves.

      • anonymous

        you can't even spell "idevice".... and gameloft is finally going to bring down elminate

  • Vende

    Jesus H

  • Phreakuency

    Graphics look good, gameplay looks ok for a system lacking buttons but I agree with the clone remark.

    I actually think a lot of theirs and other devs games are bordering on copyright, the games are so similar.

    I also agree the creative and innovative comment. These devs of all the recent clones should be ashamed of themselves. I guess they only care about the profits and not their reputations, because anyone with programming skills can copy another game. Make something original and unique next time.

    • Thaurin

      Anyone with programming skills? Really? I thought game designers were responsible for coming up with a game design--not programmers. You still need a goddamned team to put it all together and not just programmers. Coming up with a fresh new idea is only part of the process.

  • Vende

    Jesus H

  • Phreakuency

    Graphics look good, gameplay looks ok for a system lacking buttons but I agree with the clone remark.

    I actually think a lot of theirs and other devs games are bordering on copyright, the games are so similar.

    I also agree the creative and innovative comment. These devs of all the recent clones should be ashamed of themselves. I guess they only care about the profits and not their reputations, because anyone with programming skills can copy another game. Make something original and unique next time.

    • Thaurin

      Anyone with programming skills? Really? I thought game designers were responsible for coming up with a game design--not programmers. You still need a goddamned team to put it all together and not just programmers. Coming up with a fresh new idea is only part of the process.

  • dumas1000

    Unfortunately, the Nova thread has been transformed into a philisophical debate about Gameloft and their ethnics, or lack thereof, and all speculation of the actual game itself has been lost. If i were allowed to particate in the forum, which I'm not, I would have pointed out the fact that this game is not due for months. Because that fact had not been raised and people were acting as if it had been submitted already and might be out within a few days. I registered for the forum months ago, but was never allowed to confirm my registeration. Therefore, I cannot post there.

    • http://forumninja.com lorenk

      @dumas1000 - I hope you're not talking about access to TA. As far as I remember, it's a simple email confirmation like most forums. It would be quite funny if you were fuming about not checking your email (or used a bogus address).

      Anyway, clone or not, I hope this game goes well. I can't get into the idea of FPS on the iphone, but whatever pushes the platform.

      • dana

        chode

  • Fraggler

    Space Marine - check

    Battle Rifle - check

    Hostile Aliens - check

    Shield Bar - check

    Master Chief like Helmet - check

    lol personally dont care if it plays good then good but gees just a bit of creativity would be nice too at the very least its laughable how close some of their games are to other games.

    Obviously some ppl use the arguement about FPS's or Fighting games are all borrow ideas from each other and this and that game wasn't the first but the point is this is trying to be exactly like Halo in every way and not Doom or some other FPS. Blades of Fury is trying to be exactly like SC in everyway and not SF or some other fighting game.

    Just a tad of creativity cant hurt either but like I said if it plays well I wont really complain but its laughable too.

    • CJ

      Seriously who gives a damn if they r copying console games and bringing em to the ipod. I love that idea, now i can play halo type, gta type, Call of duty type, and soul caliber type games on my ipod, which i think is pretty tight. Seeing games like this on the ipod really opens ppl eyes and makes em realize that the ipod is really compition.It's already beat the DS.

      • CJ

        sorry man didn't mean to dirrect that to u

    • Tesio

      So you are saying this game is gears of war? maybe Crysis? Wait not timeshift! Errr....Metroid?You must mean Haze.

      So many damn games fit into (most of) those bullet points it's crazy alright. We won't know it's a "direct clone" of halo until it comes out.

  • dumas1000

    Unfortunately, the Nova thread has been transformed into a philisophical debate about Gameloft and their ethnics, or lack thereof, and all speculation of the actual game itself has been lost. If i were allowed to particate in the forum, which I'm not, I would have pointed out the fact that this game is not due for months. Because that fact had not been raised and people were acting as if it had been submitted already and might be out within a few days. I registered for the forum months ago, but was never allowed to confirm my registeration. Therefore, I cannot post there.

    • http://forumninja.com lorenk

      @dumas1000 - I hope you're not talking about access to TA. As far as I remember, it's a simple email confirmation like most forums. It would be quite funny if you were fuming about not checking your email (or used a bogus address).

      Anyway, clone or not, I hope this game goes well. I can't get into the idea of FPS on the iphone, but whatever pushes the platform.

      • dana

        chode

  • Fraggler

    Space Marine - check

    Battle Rifle - check

    Hostile Aliens - check

    Shield Bar - check

    Master Chief like Helmet - check

    lol personally dont care if it plays good then good but gees just a bit of creativity would be nice too at the very least its laughable how close some of their games are to other games.

    Obviously some ppl use the arguement about FPS's or Fighting games are all borrow ideas from each other and this and that game wasn't the first but the point is this is trying to be exactly like Halo in every way and not Doom or some other FPS. Blades of Fury is trying to be exactly like SC in everyway and not SF or some other fighting game.

    Just a tad of creativity cant hurt either but like I said if it plays well I wont really complain but its laughable too.

    • CJ

      Seriously who gives a damn if they r copying console games and bringing em to the ipod. I love that idea, now i can play halo type, gta type, Call of duty type, and soul caliber type games on my ipod, which i think is pretty tight. Seeing games like this on the ipod really opens ppl eyes and makes em realize that the ipod is really compition.It's already beat the DS.

      • CJ

        sorry man didn't mean to dirrect that to u

    • Tesio

      So you are saying this game is gears of war? maybe Crysis? Wait not timeshift! Errr....Metroid?You must mean Haze.

      So many damn games fit into (most of) those bullet points it's crazy alright. We won't know it's a "direct clone" of halo until it comes out.

  • Cory Gillmore

    I don't care if all they're making is clones of popular console games. They are making the best content available for the idevices right now.

  • Cory Gillmore

    I don't care if all they're making is clones of popular console games. They are making the best content available for the idevices right now.

  • Jason

    While I do agree that some of their games are clones, there is something to be said about genres. What do you think when you look at all of the WWII FPSs out there? How about modern combat types of FPSs? They are all clones of each other but with slightly different game mechanics. Someone has to start the trend and the rest follow.

    I wouldn't blame the developers for this. Companies like Gameloft are quite large and have legions of developer minions. Many of them are just happy to be employed. I don't think they would stand up and say they refuse to work on the game because it is a copy. They are pioneers on the iPhone in a way in which they are making quality games.

  • Jason

    While I do agree that some of their games are clones, there is something to be said about genres. What do you think when you look at all of the WWII FPSs out there? How about modern combat types of FPSs? They are all clones of each other but with slightly different game mechanics. Someone has to start the trend and the rest follow.

    I wouldn't blame the developers for this. Companies like Gameloft are quite large and have legions of developer minions. Many of them are just happy to be employed. I don't think they would stand up and say they refuse to work on the game because it is a copy. They are pioneers on the iPhone in a way in which they are making quality games.

  • Dark NRG

    Good by Xbox!!!
    I just hope they tweak the enemy AI on the dude being sniped.

  • eggzbacon
    • Vicente Ragal

      Thank you eggz

  • Dark NRG

    Good by Xbox!!!
    I just hope they tweak the enemy AI on the dude being sniped.

  • eggzbacon
    • Vicente Ragal

      Thank you eggz

  • Dark NRG

    Thanks Eggz!!!

  • Rick2293t

    does anyone knowid this will be online multiplayer or local?

    • Dark NRG

      both brother!

      • rick2293t

        thanx man i was just wondering too many game developers write stuff like multiplayer over wifi when in fact it is LOCAL wifi multiplayer

  • Dark NRG

    Thanks Eggz!!!

  • Rick2293t

    does anyone knowid this will be online multiplayer or local?

    • Dark NRG

      both brother!

      • rick2293t

        thanx man i was just wondering too many game developers write stuff like multiplayer over wifi when in fact it is LOCAL wifi multiplayer

  • Dark NRG

    LOL and we were all worried about copyright infringement of WoW Dancing Dark Elves

  • Dark NRG

    LOL and we were all worried about copyright infringement of WoW Dancing Dark Elves

  • Decoy Octopus

    That games graphics looks like it will only run on iphone 3GS and ipod touch 3G since thy both support open gl 2.0

  • Decoy Octopus

    That games graphics looks like it will only run on iphone 3GS and ipod touch 3G since thy both support open gl 2.0

  • Jaime

    Being a clone has its benefits guys, and the controls are clearly like sandstorm
    Online team deathmatch is what I need, can I have it now plz

  • Jaime

    Being a clone has its benefits guys, and the controls are clearly like sandstorm
    Online team deathmatch is what I need, can I have it now plz

  • Adams Immersive

    I too wish these games weren't clones--they ARE still fun and worthy, I'd just like them even better if they were more original.

  • Adams Immersive

    I too wish these games weren't clones--they ARE still fun and worthy, I'd just like them even better if they were more original.

  • arta

    Please Gamelift, ripoff the Warthog and Brute Chopper. Hell, ripoff the rocket launcher and sword too, go all out! Hopefully there will be different maps as well.

  • arta

    Please Gamelift, ripoff the Warthog and Brute Chopper. Hell, ripoff the rocket launcher and sword too, go all out! Hopefully there will be different maps as well.

  • President of Earth

    Whell, since we will never get a real Halo to play on the iDevices - lets be happy with a Halo clone. Its better than nothing AND it looks good.

    • spiffyone

      As much as I dislike bringing this up...if you don't think MS was looking at this event while prepping for their ZuneHD launch, which they admit will have not only an app store like interface but also at some point be merged with the XNA development platform, and thinking to themselves that they should prep a Halo game at some point then you don't know MS.

  • President of Earth

    Whell, since we will never get a real Halo to play on the iDevices - lets be happy with a Halo clone. Its better than nothing AND it looks good.

    • spiffyone

      As much as I dislike bringing this up...if you don't think MS was looking at this event while prepping for their ZuneHD launch, which they admit will have not only an app store like interface but also at some point be merged with the XNA development platform, and thinking to themselves that they should prep a Halo game at some point then you don't know MS.

  • dissaster

    From the demo it reminds me more Unreal then Halo to be honest.

    I hate fpses that take place in our times especially since they are focused at terrorism and s.... I just can't wait to put my hands on this one!

  • dissaster

    From the demo it reminds me more Unreal then Halo to be honest.

    I hate fpses that take place in our times especially since they are focused at terrorism and s.... I just can't wait to put my hands on this one!

  • ste

    gameloft is on fire!!!!!

  • ste

    gameloft is on fire!!!!!

  • Alex

    Gameloft may be a factory, but the fact is that they are raising the bar for what the iDevices can do with every game.

    They're closer to perfecting a touch-screen FPS than anyone else.

    Developers with more original concepts will be "cloning" Gameloft's control innovations and playing catch-up with their graphical achievements. So everyone wins.

  • Alex

    Gameloft may be a factory, but the fact is that they are raising the bar for what the iDevices can do with every game.

    They're closer to perfecting a touch-screen FPS than anyone else.

    Developers with more original concepts will be "cloning" Gameloft's control innovations and playing catch-up with their graphical achievements. So everyone wins.

  • http://touchreviews.tk Qasim

    Damn. That's it. Damn. And will this have online multiplayer? If so Im so sorry ngmoco.

  • http://touchreviews.tk Qasim

    Damn. That's it. Damn. And will this have online multiplayer? If so Im so sorry ngmoco.

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i actually called up my 10 year old nephew to watch the demo video telling him hey it's like halo but for the iphone!

    I love sandstorm n blades of fury. Now, this? Boy, i need to delete more games to accommodate all these games now. Wish, I had a new 16gb 3G S!!

    arggg why gameloft why!! haha!

  • http://mohammadfauzitaib.com along123

    i actually called up my 10 year old nephew to watch the demo video telling him hey it's like halo but for the iphone!

    I love sandstorm n blades of fury. Now, this? Boy, i need to delete more games to accommodate all these games now. Wish, I had a new 16gb 3G S!!

    arggg why gameloft why!! haha!

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Looks awesome!

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Looks awesome!

  • johan

    looks good but definitly not finished. the AI is completly unresponsive in the video. personaly, if Gameloft wants to make clones, as long as the quality is there Im happy

    still, i think next time, they should spend a little money, get a decent actor to do the promo, its hard to take surfer dude in the video seriously.

  • johan

    looks good but definitly not finished. the AI is completly unresponsive in the video. personaly, if Gameloft wants to make clones, as long as the quality is there Im happy

    still, i think next time, they should spend a little money, get a decent actor to do the promo, its hard to take surfer dude in the video seriously.

  • Amaterasu

    The news thread on Kotaku about this was amusing, with many commenters coming up with comedy names for other titles Gameloft could clone.

    I found the Gameloft presenter pretty funny too, as he comes across as a rather dodgy used car saleman.

  • Amaterasu

    The news thread on Kotaku about this was amusing, with many commenters coming up with comedy names for other titles Gameloft could clone.

    I found the Gameloft presenter pretty funny too, as he comes across as a rather dodgy used car saleman.

  • Jaime

    I just don't think the iphone/ipod touch will be capable of 'good' AI... therefore, I say scrap that idea, and just make a really good multiplayer game

  • Jaime

    I just don't think the iphone/ipod touch will be capable of 'good' AI... therefore, I say scrap that idea, and just make a really good multiplayer game

  • cookiemonster

    the graphics do look pretty impressive. if the gameplay can match gameloft is going to have another monster hit on their hands

  • cookiemonster

    the graphics do look pretty impressive. if the gameplay can match gameloft is going to have another monster hit on their hands

  • MVP

    WHO CARES THAT GAMELOFT CLONES GAMES

    its the simple fact that they are doing it for us iphone and upod touch users

    and there games are good and worth while....

    i wish people would stop saying the same thing over and over..

  • MVP

    WHO CARES THAT GAMELOFT CLONES GAMES

    its the simple fact that they are doing it for us iphone and upod touch users

    and there games are good and worth while....

    i wish people would stop saying the same thing over and over..

  • McChumpers

    hmm voice chat integration worries me

    • Chris Snoop

      Why?

  • McChumpers

    hmm voice chat integration worries me

    • Chris Snoop

      Why?

  • craig jon kim

    NOVA???? HALO? AHAHAHAHAHA pussies

  • craig jon kim

    NOVA???? HALO? AHAHAHAHAHA pussies

  • kaaaarl

    when dos it came out in appstore

  • kaaaarl

    when dos it came out in appstore

  • ben

    ok how bowt this, the people who dont care that it is a bit of a rip off can buy it and the rest can wait for bungie to release a real version... could be waiting awhile

  • ben

    ok how bowt this, the people who dont care that it is a bit of a rip off can buy it and the rest can wait for bungie to release a real version... could be waiting awhile

  • Zack

    is the multiplayer for across the country or local wi fi. it better not be like the multiplayer on modern combat os

  • Zack

    is the multiplayer for across the country or local wi fi. it better not be like the multiplayer on modern combat os

  • Alfie

    This copy cat thing everyone is talking about is bulls!!t, how can you tell me that your not glad that you can effectively play COD 4 & GTA on you iPhone? These copies are amazing! Best thing that's happened to iPhone

  • Alfie

    This copy cat thing everyone is talking about is bulls!!t, how can you tell me that your not glad that you can effectively play COD 4 & GTA on you iPhone? These copies are amazing! Best thing that's happened to iPhone

  • YoUrMoM

    True dat Alfie!!!

  • YoUrMoM

    True dat Alfie!!!

  • Latiasracer

    These copies are good!

    Becouse in the real world the makers of GTA , Halo and call of duty are probaly never gonna release these games onto iphones , becouse there tight and for the same resons halo never came out on play station ect ect

  • Latiasracer

    These copies are good!

    Becouse in the real world the makers of GTA , Halo and call of duty are probaly never gonna release these games onto iphones , becouse there tight and for the same resons halo never came out on play station ect ect

  • Velandar

    It's so sad that all they could come up with is a third rate Halo clone. It's so derivative that it's bound to be inferior in just about every possible game play aspect. They could have tried to team up with the creators of an established game (like Bungie) but they are so money hungry they don't want to share any potential profit. On the plus side it's great that the iHipsters will have more games to play while they are tripping over themselves on the sidewalk or knocking over old ladies on the subway.

  • Velandar

    It's so sad that all they could come up with is a third rate Halo clone. It's so derivative that it's bound to be inferior in just about every possible game play aspect. They could have tried to team up with the creators of an established game (like Bungie) but they are so money hungry they don't want to share any potential profit. On the plus side it's great that the iHipsters will have more games to play while they are tripping over themselves on the sidewalk or knocking over old ladies on the subway.

  • Licensing

    This does not give me hope or confidence in possible licensing the game they are interested in licensing from me.

    IF they rip stuff they wil say no its crap then come out with their own version.

    Im trying to calculate licensing charges also for mobile console Facebook.

  • Licensing

    This does not give me hope or confidence in possible licensing the game they are interested in licensing from me.

    IF they rip stuff they wil say no its crap then come out with their own version.

    Im trying to calculate licensing charges also for mobile console Facebook.

  • deon

    i bought the full version of nova. played the first three stages. now, when i try to start the game, it plays 3 seconds into the movie, then shuts down. i tried rebooting the phone, but it's not working. what's the deal here?

  • deon

    i bought the full version of nova. played the first three stages. now, when i try to start the game, it plays 3 seconds into the movie, then shuts down. i tried rebooting the phone, but it's not working. what's the deal here?