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Gameloft's NOVA is probably the most widely anticipated game at the moment. After first being announced in September, excitement has been high for this Halo-like first person shooter.

Gameloft released an impressive new trailer today and finally gave us a release date.

NOVA will launch on December 17th. In related news, Gameloft also released a new GT Racing trailer showing even more in-game footage. See our hands on preview for other early details.

  • iMario

    Price...?

    • pavenger

      Does it really matter? I mean it'll be either $7USD or $10USD and I know I'll get it either way.

      Is it just me or does it seem like we have been waiting for this for months and months now and its finally here? It's a little surreal since now on the 17th we can't hype and complain about features we don't even know of yet...

  • iMario

    Price...?

    • pavenger

      Does it really matter? I mean it'll be either $7USD or $10USD and I know I'll get it either way.

      Is it just me or does it seem like we have been waiting for this for months and months now and its finally here? It's a little surreal since now on the 17th we can't hype and complain about features we don't even know of yet...

  • SalsaMD

    Why does Gameloft still record its videos in crappy SD? Fortunately, we know from prior hands on videos that the graphics look better.

  • SalsaMD

    Why does Gameloft still record its videos in crappy SD? Fortunately, we know from prior hands on videos that the graphics look better.

  • araczynski

    i'm calling it at 4.99

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I say $6.99.

    • Elkas

      You're NUTS, Avatar was 10$, spect the same price or higher for NOVA.

      • bob

        Avatar is a brand name, a lot of money has to be kicked back, this is all in house

    • liquidmutiny

      I'm calling it at $9.99 but eventually you be able to get it for .99 cents.

      • Jindofox

        My guess is 6.99 (like Sandstorm, Driver, Asphalt 5, Gangstar, and Kater Nation), but who really cares about a few bucks ether way to have Halo in your pocket?

        Personally I think it's great how close these character, vehicle, and environment designs come to Halo. If GL tried this on the consoles, they'd probably have a lawsuit from Microsoft, but since MS has done next to nothing on the iPhone, they'll get left alone. Brilliant.

        Looking forward to the 17th!

  • araczynski

    i'm calling it at 4.99

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      I say $6.99.

    • Elkas

      You're NUTS, Avatar was 10$, spect the same price or higher for NOVA.

      • bob

        Avatar is a brand name, a lot of money has to be kicked back, this is all in house

    • liquidmutiny

      I'm calling it at $9.99 but eventually you be able to get it for .99 cents.

      • Jindofox

        My guess is 6.99 (like Sandstorm, Driver, Asphalt 5, Gangstar, and Kater Nation), but who really cares about a few bucks ether way to have Halo in your pocket?

        Personally I think it's great how close these character, vehicle, and environment designs come to Halo. If GL tried this on the consoles, they'd probably have a lawsuit from Microsoft, but since MS has done next to nothing on the iPhone, they'll get left alone. Brilliant.

        Looking forward to the 17th!

  • Micha

    It will Be 13.99$...

    • alxcoolastru

      Or 29.99 at least I'll be ready to pay that many, HA

  • Micha

    It will Be 13.99$...

    • alxcoolastru

      Or 29.99 at least I'll be ready to pay that many, HA

  • GodSon

    Cant wait to get it. Can really care less about the pricing.

  • GodSon

    Cant wait to get it. Can really care less about the pricing.

  • Cookies

    I must say, despite prior concerns, this game looks flippin' awesome, and I may very much prefer it too Eliminate(which I did love).

  • Bok Choy (Parker)

    Meh. Not that excited. Looks ok though.

  • Cookies

    I must say, despite prior concerns, this game looks flippin' awesome, and I may very much prefer it too Eliminate(which I did love).

  • Bok Choy (Parker)

    Meh. Not that excited. Looks ok though.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I don't want Halo on my 360 so why would I want it on my 3GS? haha I'm joking...But seriously I might check this out. The hype is starting to get to me.

  • http://musicgamespickles.blogspot.com/ Robert M.

    I don't want Halo on my 360 so why would I want it on my 3GS? haha I'm joking...But seriously I might check this out. The hype is starting to get to me.

  • I approve

    this is looks great. Pistol and warthog look a little to similar lol

  • I approve

    this is looks great. Pistol and warthog look a little to similar lol

  • intestlol

    OMG this looks sooooooo good I think I just crapped myself!

  • intestlol

    OMG this looks sooooooo good I think I just crapped myself!

  • Griffin

    Finaaaly!!! I dont have to check the appstore eveery minute

  • Griffin

    Finaaaly!!! I dont have to check the appstore eveery minute

  • Griffin

    Finaaaaly!!

  • Griffin

    Finaaaaly!!

  • Andi:)

    this is art. i love u all.

  • Andi:)

    this is art. i love u all.

  • MaroonFree

    Orginality? none.
    Great game? probably.

  • MaroonFree

    Orginality? none.
    Great game? probably.

  • Frej

    Looks allright, graphics look good, gameplay looks okay, but i'm not sure it will beat Avatar, that game rocks.
    This looks a bit much like a halo copy, and halo might be the most anti-original game in the world...
    Won't set my expectations too high, but i'm ofc getting it anyway!

    • Adams Immersive

      Halo was original in many ways: it had its own visual style, and in terms of game play the weapon loadout system, armor system and vehicle controls were simple and excellent—better in many ways than anything before.

      I’m glad I got Halo while they still made it for Mac. It’s a classic I still go back and play.

  • Frej

    Looks allright, graphics look good, gameplay looks okay, but i'm not sure it will beat Avatar, that game rocks.
    This looks a bit much like a halo copy, and halo might be the most anti-original game in the world...
    Won't set my expectations too high, but i'm ofc getting it anyway!

    • Adams Immersive

      Halo was original in many ways: it had its own visual style, and in terms of game play the weapon loadout system, armor system and vehicle controls were simple and excellent—better in many ways than anything before.

      I’m glad I got Halo while they still made it for Mac. It’s a classic I still go back and play.

  • Elkas

    Brand name or not, It'll be 10$ or plus.

  • Adams Immersive

    Wow! A bit of a rip-off, but more variety in environments than real Halo. (I only played Halo 1.) If Bungie made the real thing for iPhone that would be great, but there’s no such thing. So I’m definitely looking forward to this.

  • Elkas

    Brand name or not, It'll be 10$ or plus.

  • Adams Immersive

    Wow! A bit of a rip-off, but more variety in environments than real Halo. (I only played Halo 1.) If Bungie made the real thing for iPhone that would be great, but there’s no such thing. So I’m definitely looking forward to this.

  • Christian Bale

    The only part I will play is online, they said it would have voice chat! I hope they weren't lying!

  • Christian Bale

    The only part I will play is online, they said it would have voice chat! I hope they weren't lying!

  • dumas1000

    Gameloft cannot debut NOVA at 9.99. If they do, they will undermine NOVA's online component and, by doing so, will severely hamper the possibility of generating a successful online community. Basically, GL will be cutting of their nose to spite their face. I can understand selling this at 9.99. Really, I can. But if that's the plan, then they should have never developed an online component to NOVA in the first place. There will not be nearly enough people online, if the game is $10. We'll all be sitting in empty online lobbies, waiting and praying for someone else to show up.

    As far as online goes, people need to stop trying to compare MC:S to Eliminate and wondering why Eliminate works so much better. Eliminate runs through dedicated servers. MC:S has no servers. Eliminate's online community has to pay ultimately for the upkeep of those servers, hence the whole wait for energy cells to recharge component. MC:S is free to play online, for everybody. Their is no servers, so we, as customers, don't have to pay the same premium rates. In order for MC:S or NOVA to have dedicated servers, we, as consumers, would have to pay for them.

    And I can confirm that the patch released yesterday did repair a significant portion of MC:S online experience. I can host public games now, have 3 others join, and play matches to their conclusion with no lagging, no buggy behaviors, and no disconnects. If I tried to host a game before the patch, no one could ever connect to my match.

    I only bring this up because yes, NOVA will almost certainly run on a similar system, because bypassing the need for servers keeps the cost down, and because people have been complaining that the MC:S update did nothing. Trust me, it absolutely stabilized the gameplay. However, Gameloft's whole system likely disqualifies certain types of routers. No update is likely to change that fact. Which is unfortunate, granted, but the cost of maintaining those dedicated Eliminate servers is likely high. Very, very high

  • dumas1000

    Gameloft cannot debut NOVA at 9.99. If they do, they will undermine NOVA's online component and, by doing so, will severely hamper the possibility of generating a successful online community. Basically, GL will be cutting of their nose to spite their face. I can understand selling this at 9.99. Really, I can. But if that's the plan, then they should have never developed an online component to NOVA in the first place. There will not be nearly enough people online, if the game is $10. We'll all be sitting in empty online lobbies, waiting and praying for someone else to show up.

    As far as online goes, people need to stop trying to compare MC:S to Eliminate and wondering why Eliminate works so much better. Eliminate runs through dedicated servers. MC:S has no servers. Eliminate's online community has to pay ultimately for the upkeep of those servers, hence the whole wait for energy cells to recharge component. MC:S is free to play online, for everybody. Their is no servers, so we, as customers, don't have to pay the same premium rates. In order for MC:S or NOVA to have dedicated servers, we, as consumers, would have to pay for them.

    And I can confirm that the patch released yesterday did repair a significant portion of MC:S online experience. I can host public games now, have 3 others join, and play matches to their conclusion with no lagging, no buggy behaviors, and no disconnects. If I tried to host a game before the patch, no one could ever connect to my match.

    I only bring this up because yes, NOVA will almost certainly run on a similar system, because bypassing the need for servers keeps the cost down, and because people have been complaining that the MC:S update did nothing. Trust me, it absolutely stabilized the gameplay. However, Gameloft's whole system likely disqualifies certain types of routers. No update is likely to change that fact. Which is unfortunate, granted, but the cost of maintaining those dedicated Eliminate servers is likely high. Very, very high

  • Jay

    Does Gameloft ever create their own content, rather than steal their ideas from other games? No thanks gameloft.

    • SalsaMD

      Or, rather, thank you Gameloft for bringing some measure of the console experience to the iphone that the big name publishers have been slow/unwilling to do...

      • Jay

        I would love Gameloft if they'd at least come up with their own original ideas from time to time, and truly supported their games (fixed major bugs/Added additional content, even if we had to pay for it,) but since they don't really do either, Gameloft is just another app development company, though they do sometimes come out with games that I'd like to see for the iPod touch/iPhone. Another issue that I have is that they do nothing but pump out game after game- by now I think it's been upwards of one per week. That means that they don't have any time for quality assurance and refinement. I'll still download a game or two of theirs from time to time, but I can't stand their tactics.

      • Adams Immersive

        Frequency of game releases doesn’t tell us anything about them not having time for QA. Developing lots of games (including QA) simply needs more staff than developing one at a time.

      • SalsaMD

        Also, Gameloft is a huge company with, I believe, in the range of 4000 employees.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Well, their three most recent "big" games (Driver, Hawx, Avatar) have been originals or ports of originals.

  • exile

    Join the fight? Kinda reminds me of "finish the fight." :P

  • Jay

    Does Gameloft ever create their own content, rather than steal their ideas from other games? No thanks gameloft.

    • SalsaMD

      Or, rather, thank you Gameloft for bringing some measure of the console experience to the iphone that the big name publishers have been slow/unwilling to do...

      • Jay

        I would love Gameloft if they'd at least come up with their own original ideas from time to time, and truly supported their games (fixed major bugs/Added additional content, even if we had to pay for it,) but since they don't really do either, Gameloft is just another app development company, though they do sometimes come out with games that I'd like to see for the iPod touch/iPhone. Another issue that I have is that they do nothing but pump out game after game- by now I think it's been upwards of one per week. That means that they don't have any time for quality assurance and refinement. I'll still download a game or two of theirs from time to time, but I can't stand their tactics.

      • Adams Immersive

        Frequency of game releases doesn’t tell us anything about them not having time for QA. Developing lots of games (including QA) simply needs more staff than developing one at a time.

      • SalsaMD

        Also, Gameloft is a huge company with, I believe, in the range of 4000 employees.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      Well, their three most recent "big" games (Driver, Hawx, Avatar) have been originals or ports of originals.

  • exile

    Join the fight? Kinda reminds me of "finish the fight." :P

  • Nukie

    Wowee, wow, wow. (Wipes of keyboard....drool, of course.)

  • http://broad Nukie

    Wowee, wow, wow. (Wipes of keyboard....drool, of course.)

  • Boardumb

    Yay! There IS a fake Warthog! Thursday can't come soon enough, I bet friggin NZ gets it first tho! Damn you kiwis!!

  • Boardumb

    Yay! There IS a fake Warthog! Thursday can't come soon enough, I bet friggin NZ gets it first tho! Damn you kiwis!!

  • Jaime

    this doesn't look too great to me... And it's not a good halo clone if there is not a jeep that you could actually drive

  • Jaime

    this doesn't look too great to me... And it's not a good halo clone if there is not a jeep that you could actually drive

  • Narziss

    That video sucked HARDCORE - but I'm sure the game will be MUCH better!

    I'd pay up to 15$ for this baby.

  • Narziss

    That video sucked HARDCORE - but I'm sure the game will be MUCH better!

    I'd pay up to 15$ for this baby.

  • Dark NRG

    Ok, you ready for this?

    I as so willing to pay DS price for this game!

    I'd easily drop 30 bones....

    • Dark NRG

      I am so willing... Sorry iPhone typo.
      Speakin of which, am I the only one frustrated that top TA stories have vids that are inaccessable to iPhones??????!!!
      I'm tired of not being able to watch the embedded vids on my device :(

      • alxcoolastru

        No, they will work just in a few hours after been posted to YouTube. Because it takes time for mobile approvment or something like that.

    • Narziss

      I'd drop $31.

      Do I hear $32?

      Going once....

  • Dark NRG

    Ok, you ready for this?

    I as so willing to pay DS price for this game!

    I'd easily drop 30 bones....

    • Dark NRG

      I am so willing... Sorry iPhone typo.
      Speakin of which, am I the only one frustrated that top TA stories have vids that are inaccessable to iPhones??????!!!
      I'm tired of not being able to watch the embedded vids on my device :(

      • alxcoolastru

        No, they will work just in a few hours after been posted to YouTube. Because it takes time for mobile approvment or something like that.

    • Narziss

      I'd drop $31.

      Do I hear $32?

      Going once....

  • tadad1

    Sits patiently waiting in New Zealand with a fist full of grubby iTunes cash. Bring it.

  • tadad1

    Sits patiently waiting in New Zealand with a fist full of grubby iTunes cash. Bring it.

  • dumas1000

    The warthog is a nice touch, but there is no indication that you can actually drive it. Seems similiar to the gunner scene in MC:S. In fact, it looks frighteningly similiar. That level in MC is frustrating.

    • alxcoolastru

      Funny, I passed that level in only one try ( right away ) with difficulty set to extreme. I guess I'm a pro = just kidding !

  • dumas1000

    The warthog is a nice touch, but there is no indication that you can actually drive it. Seems similiar to the gunner scene in MC:S. In fact, it looks frighteningly similiar. That level in MC is frustrating.

    • alxcoolastru

      Funny, I passed that level in only one try ( right away ) with difficulty set to extreme. I guess I'm a pro = just kidding !

  • http://www.joshuazimmerman.com Joshua Zimmerman

    I've got a 10 hour plane flight on Friday. I think this will come in handy...

    Beats watching inflight movies.

    (I hope it comes out right away on the 17th. Thursday for America is Friday for Japan, and I need me some entertainment.)

  • http://www.joshuazimmerman.com Joshua Zimmerman

    I've got a 10 hour plane flight on Friday. I think this will come in handy...

    Beats watching inflight movies.

    (I hope it comes out right away on the 17th. Thursday for America is Friday for Japan, and I need me some entertainment.)

  • Rad

    This will be Gameloft's Christmas gift to us all a Great game at a Great price $6.99 !

    The only reason Avatar is $9.99 is due to a name.

    Gameloft knows what it takes to keep us coming back.

    Greed is not part of their formula.

    • alxcoolastru

      You're right about Greed not being their formula. Of course personally I don't care about the price tag of such an awesome game ! I mean would even be willing to pay 29.99 for this game !

  • Rad

    This will be Gameloft's Christmas gift to us all a Great game at a Great price $6.99 !

    The only reason Avatar is $9.99 is due to a name.

    Gameloft knows what it takes to keep us coming back.

    Greed is not part of their formula.

    • alxcoolastru

      You're right about Greed not being their formula. Of course personally I don't care about the price tag of such an awesome game ! I mean would even be willing to pay 29.99 for this game !

  • Kite111

    F*cking sh*t-c@ck! This games looks awesome!

    • Narziss

      F**king FAN-tastic!!

  • Kite111

    F*cking sh*t-c@ck! This games looks awesome!

    • Narziss

      F**king FAN-tastic!!

  • daniel san

    ok!!- now thats a little bit much of Halo in there!
    the warthog, magnum pistol, the rifle, shotgun..I am disappointed in this...the red monster has two *toes* on its feet, like the elites, the architecture and scenery has a lot of Halo theme in it as well!..."join the fight"? sounds like "finnish the fight"...Gameloft, no thx!- doesn't look like there is much of a story behind it...

    • tadad1

      I really don't see why so many people get their tits in such a tangle with Gameloft mimicking so many great titles.
      Who cares, there is no loser here. They are not stealing resources or doing sly ports they are recreating the best and most popular console gaming experiences and bringing familiar high quality entertaining releases to the platform for the benefit us all and hopefully making a huge profit doing it so. More power to them.

      • Narziss

        "people get their tits in such a tangle"

        poetry my friends, comes in many forms!

  • daniel san

    ok!!- now thats a little bit much of Halo in there!
    the warthog, magnum pistol, the rifle, shotgun..I am disappointed in this...the red monster has two *toes* on its feet, like the elites, the architecture and scenery has a lot of Halo theme in it as well!..."join the fight"? sounds like "finnish the fight"...Gameloft, no thx!- doesn't look like there is much of a story behind it...

    • tadad1

      I really don't see why so many people get their tits in such a tangle with Gameloft mimicking so many great titles.
      Who cares, there is no loser here. They are not stealing resources or doing sly ports they are recreating the best and most popular console gaming experiences and bringing familiar high quality entertaining releases to the platform for the benefit us all and hopefully making a huge profit doing it so. More power to them.

      • Narziss

        "people get their tits in such a tangle"

        poetry my friends, comes in many forms!

  • Golfandcards

    Happy happy happy happy

  • Golfandcards

    Happy happy happy happy

  • Slayher

    I love when devs are proud enough to show gameplay in their trailers. Great job Gameloft.

    I hate when devs over promise and under deliver. Please Gameloft, no UPNP errors!

    • daniel san

      yah, what is up with the UPNP?! we are Mac and have the Airport routers, and kno nothing of UPNP...its prolly PC, but how to enable it on Mac?!- please if anyone knows of this, reply or e-mail me! my dad and I know nothing of this UPNP...!?
      turtle6@mac.com

  • Slayher

    I love when devs are proud enough to show gameplay in their trailers. Great job Gameloft.

    I hate when devs over promise and under deliver. Please Gameloft, no UPNP errors!

    • daniel san

      yah, what is up with the UPNP?! we are Mac and have the Airport routers, and kno nothing of UPNP...its prolly PC, but how to enable it on Mac?!- please if anyone knows of this, reply or e-mail me! my dad and I know nothing of this UPNP...!?
      turtle6@mac.com

  • Denny

    Are the hands like literally taken out of Crysis? This game is SO unoriginal, and i HATE Halo... but i still can't wait because it seems fun on iPod

  • Denny

    Are the hands like literally taken out of Crysis? This game is SO unoriginal, and i HATE Halo... but i still can't wait because it seems fun on iPod

  • Ghost

    is it just me or this game looks like a halo clone?
    and whats with that 8 legs alien? that one reminds me the one in gears of war. this game is totally a Clone!!!!!

    well im gona buy it anyway lol

  • Ghost

    is it just me or this game looks like a halo clone?
    and whats with that 8 legs alien? that one reminds me the one in gears of war. this game is totally a Clone!!!!!

    well im gona buy it anyway lol

  • Narziss

    WHERE IS THE KNIFE? WHERE IS THE KNIFE GODDAMMIT??

    They forgot the KNIFE......

    • Narziss

      This game needs a knife. Good fps deathmatch has knives....:) :) :) :)

  • Narziss

    WHERE IS THE KNIFE? WHERE IS THE KNIFE GODDAMMIT??

    They forgot the KNIFE......

    • Narziss

      This game needs a knife. Good fps deathmatch has knives....:) :) :) :)

  • Dark NRG

    Marathon's next lol

  • Dark NRG

    Marathon's next lol

  • Dark NRG

    Hey, with all the "Edge" tm lawsuits, u think we should buy this within the first 3 hours b4 it gets pulled from the app store under cease and desist order???

    God, I hope not, but I don't trust the nits here complaining about clone issues....

  • Dark NRG

    Hey, with all the "Edge" tm lawsuits, u think we should buy this within the first 3 hours b4 it gets pulled from the app store under cease and desist order???

    God, I hope not, but I don't trust the nits here complaining about clone issues....

  • Rosh

    I wonder how it will run on Iphone 3g. I still can't believe I'll be playing it on a f****ing mobile phone :D

  • Rosh

    I wonder how it will run on Iphone 3g. I still can't believe I'll be playing it on a f****ing mobile phone :D

  • Dave

    it will be $9.99 like Avatar and you'd better pick it up fast. This game is such an unbelievable ripoff of Halo that I would not be surprised if Apple has to pull it from the store. Bungie/Microsoft has lots of money.

  • Dave

    it will be $9.99 like Avatar and you'd better pick it up fast. This game is such an unbelievable ripoff of Halo that I would not be surprised if Apple has to pull it from the store. Bungie/Microsoft has lots of money.

  • iphoniac

    If you had to choose between NOVA and Avatar what would you take? :)

  • iphoniac

    If you had to choose between NOVA and Avatar what would you take? :)

  • Dave95

    This looks epic already!!! Oh man bring it!

  • Dave95

    This looks epic already!!! Oh man bring it!

  • Narziss

    it's only 6.99!!

  • Narziss

    it's only 6.99!!

  • Vince

    OMFG when does time does this come out..... im planning to stay up all night to buy it..even if i have school tomorrow!!!!!!!!

  • Vince

    OMFG when does time does this come out..... im planning to stay up all night to buy it..even if i have school tomorrow!!!!!!!!