When this video got dropped into our Discord chat this morning (Which is a great place to get breaking iOS games news as it takes so much less time for someone to drop a YouTube link there than it does for me to write an article here, by the way!) when I was out grabbing coffee I couldn't help but laugh so hard I got strange looks from people around me- Not because the trailer is particularly funny, but because this sort of thing is the exact opposite of what people around here are always asking for. Backing up a bit, back in the hay day of Gameloft, they were rapidly releasing "highly inspired" games for mobile leaning heavily on popular console titles. One of those was the N.O.V.A. series, which would have been pretty easy to mistake as a Halo game if you weren't too familiar with the Halo universe.

Although there were originally three games released in the N.O.V.A. series, which were such a big deal when they first launched that Gameloft flew me to Paris to shoot this hands-on video. (Which, anecdotally, I messed up the embargo on because of time zones and caused a load of drama.) A second game was eventually released, but all that remains on the App Store now is N.O.V.A. 3 [$6.99] and the awkward freemium conversion Freedom Edition [Free]. Since then, any time rumblings of Gameloft happen around here, it seems like people are always talking about how much they want a premium N.O.V.A. or Modern Combat game again.

What does Gameloft announce? Check it out:

Based on information that's available right now, N.O.V.A Legacy is a free to play reboot of the first N.O.V.A.. So far, Gameloft is only mentioning Google Play, but I really wouldn't be surprised if it didn't eventually end up on the App Store (or launch on the App Store at the same time). If the thought of playing N.O.V.A. again with $8 worth of "gifts" really wets your whistle, you can head on over to Facebook to pre-register.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

  • loophole

    Wait wait wait... a reboot of the N.O.V.A 1? With new graphics possibly?? That's not a bad idea at all, I have so many fond memories with that game. Gameloft F2P sucks tho, but hey, at least they're paying attention to the franchise again.

    • loophole

      Also, did the FB link not work for anyone else?

      • jdawg101

        I don't have a Facebook so R.I.P

      • Kefo

        Didn't work for me. Just went on fb and searched gameloft nova and found the page

    • Sangeet Shukla

      it is 20mb game ,you will get just like you get in asphalt nitro compare to Asphalt 8...but i am definitely gonna play it

  • curtisrshideler

    Because that's what the kids want I guess.

  • ShelvsHotPencil

    Let me guess timers, and internet connection required.
    Way to go!!!!!!!
    I AM EXCI........TED?

  • http://wizodd.tumblr.com Wizard of Odyssey

    N.O.V.A. came out eight years ago. In gaming terms, that's a mighty long time. There was less time between the Sega Genesis and the Sony Playstation, or to put it in terms you kids would understand, the lifespan of the Playstation 3. There was a craptastic version of N.O.V.A. on the Playstation Mini line that ran on the PSP and the PS3.

    It's definitely overdue for a reboot.

    If you're complaining about timers and internet connection, my stomach bleeds for you.

    • ShelvsHotPencil

      I am not complaining.
      Just like mc v, I am amazed at how a company is dragging his property through mud.
      anyway i am waiting for mc versus.

  • Lamar Taylor

    This is good news...there hasn't been a space shooter like NOVA 2 on any apps store since that game was released. Gameloft used to make the best mobile replica games until the entire industry switched from pay a certain price for a full game to free to play and half baked games with levels that are 30 seconds long. Modern Combat 4 and NOVA 2 had console quality graphics and console quality gameplay and that's been missing from the App Store and Google Play.

    • Yearoftherat

      F2P unfortunately ruined it for a lot of games that I would have bought if they were a pay once own forever scenario.

      • Stormourner of the Nature

        heh this type of comment isn't gonna change anything ;D

    • curtisrshideler

      Good news to one person is disappointing to another. But for a while there we had a good series, in my opinion. I'd definitely rather play the Marathon trilogy again than a F2P NOVA.

  • curtisrshideler

    Also, this news makes me really excited for Morphite! Anyone else?

  • Sangeet Shukla

    it will never be on IOS...just like real football & little big city 2

  • th3soupcan

    Seeing what they did with MC5...
    Eeeeeeeeeeeeeehhhhhhhhh......