Nova Drift distills the mechanical depth and strategy of an ARPG into classic arcade space combat. Control an endlessly evolving bio-mechanical ship, face legions of strange and deadly foes, and ride the wake of a dying star across the void.
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Release Date:
Mar 27, 2019

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By Ѕtеам 250 March 29

“Rated 11th best Steam Hidden Gem, with 99% positive reviews from 317 gamers!”

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Nova Drift is mechanically deep and offers near-endless player configurations, making game balance an ongoing challenge. As a living game, Nova Drift will continue to receive a steady flow of content, adjustments, and features. The wealth of player feedback, experimentation, and data that Early Access provides will make the game as solid as possible leading up to its full release.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“6 months is our current best estimate, but we would like to end Early Access earlier if the game is ready.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Early Access focuses on the meat of the game: The upgrade system and game balance. Nova Drift's endless mode is a perfect arena to focus test player abilities, enemy capabilities, and game flow. The full version will include the campaign: a game mode with exposition, an introduction, and a game ending. Additionally, the final version will include the game's final boss fight.

During early access, the game will also gain additional features such as new upgrades, greater challenges for veteran players, optimizations, more musical tracks, polish, and more game customization.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Nova Drift is stable, highly player vetted, and dense with content. Players are limited to choosing endless mode or practice mode, with the campaign unavailable.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price might increase once we transition out of Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Nova Drift has been community driven for the greater majority of its development cycle, thriving on feedback and player suggestions. The game will continue to value this relationship throughout its lifespan, long after full release, as more content is deployed.

The best way to get involved is through our Discord server.”
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June 4


Hello Drifters,

We're excited to announce the first major content update - VIRULENCE:

Read more about it here:

Help us spread the word here:

And while you are clicking lots of links - Join the Discord Server!

Thanks for the support! And keep on Drifting...

-Miles @ Pixeljam
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May 8

Engine Migration Successful! 0.20.11 Is Live! Major Balance Patch / Quality of Life Changes

We've successfully migrated the game from GameMaker Studio to GameMaker 2! This is a huge leap forward in stability, portability, support, and performance. Additionally, in future builds, we can compile to Linux and OSX using the native compiler, and its a step closer to console ports!

This is a big update! You can read the full change log here: 0.20.11 Patch Notes

This patch levels the playing field. The more overpowered interactions have been addressed or redesigned outright, allowing for a far greater variety of builds to be competitive. Weaker mechanics have received some love. Here are some of the highlights:
- Sweeping construct balance changes
- A complete overhaul of the Research ship body, with a new unique ability
- Blast Radius and Splinter Shot overhauls
- Corrosion rework
- Settings for analog and digital control styles
- A great deal of performance optimizations

I'm excited to say that with the engine migration out of the way, I'm able to focus fully on creating new content! We've got some exciting new things coming up, and not only what's on the roadmap. There's also this!

Naturally, with an engine transition comes different problems for different hardware configurations and software. I can say with confidence that more people are now able to play on this version than than before, but some did encounter new problems. Most of them have easy solutions, such as restarting, disabling third party software, white listing on antiviruses, or reinstalling. Problems with OBS can be solved through OBS configuration settings. Please contact Chimeric directly with any problems:


Or chat with me here: Discord

Thanks for your continued support! And HAVE FUN!
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“Its integration of rogue-lite unlocks and a ridiculous level of ship customization transforms the game intro something magical.”
Game Informer

“Nova Drift is a big, endless, beautiful universe of arcade combat, fusing the modern indie gaming style with the deepest roots of gaming history.”
Hardcore Gamer

“It’s not only sleek and sexy looking, but it comes with smooth-as-can-be controls with enough personalization in the upgrade modules to make your head spin.”


Join us on Discord! Nova Drift is a very community-driven project. We take all feedback seriously and a lot of the features in the works are from player requests.

About This Game


Nova Drift is a "Roguelite" space shooter that melds a classic arcade experience with modern action-RPG elements like theory-crafting and deep player choice. Your ship rapidly evolves as you defeat enemies, allowing you to shape its abilities and weaponry to your desires in a matter of minutes. Unlike many ARPGs which can absorb hundreds of hours of time, Nova Drift allows you to take a ship build from inception to execution in a single game session.


  • Create a unique build every run. Games are quick, allowing for rapid experimentation, iteration, and advancement.
  • Cunning and creativity are rewarded as you chain upgrade modules for powerful synergies, reminiscent of deck-building games.
  • Access over 120 modular upgrades as you progress and expand your arsenal.

  • Build to play how you want. Snipe, command a drone army, discharge your shields, charge up, burn enemies with your thrusters, or smash right through them... there's a way to make it work.
  • Unlock various challenge modes, providing greater risk and rewards. The stakes are high, as death is permanent!
  • Every game is randomly generated, keeping the fight intense and unpredictable. Fight through the campaign or play endlessly...

Nova Drift is a living game. Frequent updates will continue to expand the depth and content of the game world.

Upcoming Updates:
  • Weapon: Thermal Lance | Shield: Shockwave] | Super Mod: Barrage
  • Weapon Mutations: 1-2 variations for each existing weapon
  • New Challenge Mode: Wild Metamorphosis - extremely rare mods that have a variety of powerful and/or bizarre effects
  • Translation into French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese & more...


Ship Evolutions

Mods & Gear can be unlocked, upgraded and combined to make unexpected and powerful combinations:

Example Build #1: Seeking Cluster Grenade

Grenade + Body: Assault + High Explosive + Splinter Shot + Heat Seeking + Charged Shot

This build focuses on creating as many grenade splinters as possible using the Grenade weapon and sends them tearing toward targets using the Heat Seeking mod. The overlapping blasts from the initial explosion add up to a huge amount of damage at the epicenter, while the seeking clusters handle crowd control.

Example Build #2: Celestial Shield-Bomber

Hullbreaker + Amp Shield + Volatile Shields + Flash Shielding + Emergency Systems + Celestial Lance

This build takes advantage of the Hullbreaker's speed and resilience to crash damage to slam directly into enemies. The fragile Amp Shield is used not for defense, but to augment Hullbreaker's strongest aspects, gaining increased speed and force. The shield will break on impact, but we can capitalize on that using the Volatile Shields mod, which detonates the shield when it goes down, blasting all nearby enemies. Flash Shielding gets it running again quickly while Emergency Systems grant a moment of damage immunity, making charge attacks safer. Finally, Celestial Lance is used to deal burning damage to everything around the ship at high velocities!

Nova Drift is developed by Jeffrey Nielson of Chimeric, a 1-man development team, featuring music and audio by Miles Tilmann of Pixeljam.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    • OS: 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1 Ghz CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space

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