Nova Drift distills the mechanical depth and strategy of an action RPG 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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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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April 11

The First Major Update (0.19.2) Is Live! Quality-Of-Life / Balance / Construct Enhancements

Hello all,

We hope everyone has been enjoying the game so far. We've listened to your feedback (there was a lot of it!) and have put together the first major update to the game, which should be waiting for you in the main branch... you might have to restart Steam to get it.

There are a few ways you learn about the updates. If you just want a summary, read below or check this big tweet . Bonus points for RT'ing to boost the signal!

You can read the entire report / patch notes here.

This update focuses on quality-of-life changes, balance, and raising the power level of several formerly uncompetitive loadouts such as engineer and architect construct builds, shielded construct builds, and Siege Weaponry / Saturation Fire builds.

Construct AI has been given quite a few advancements, including the ability to lead their targets, dodge hazards, and multitask while repositioning. They're generally more graceful and well positioned. These changes, combined with the addition of level-scaled assembly time, have given constructs far greater sustain in late waves. Buffs have also been given to Apex Machinery and Shielded Constructs, which is now quite viable defensively, compared to other defensive set ups.

Self-Damage systems such as Siege Weaponry, Saturation Fire, and Antimatter Rounds have been rebalanced and made more dynamic. Siege Weaponry no longer damages you on the first strike, provides more benefit up front, and spools up smoothly. Saturation Fire now allows the full range of calibrate's affects and works with more set ups. If you've ever wanted to convert Pulse into a long range auto-shotgun, now you can!

Additionally, there are quite a few new small features: The Stealth body gets bonus damage when breaking stealth, the game has been zoomed out, a new music track has been added, burn damage numbers can be shown, more statistics are displayed, and many bugs have been fixed along with a number of sizable optimizations. For Streamers with wide aspect monitors, windowed mode is now a fixed 16:9, with more dynamic options to come.

The next major update will feature new content!

Also, please consider RT'ing the original launch announcement if you have not yet.

Finally, join our discord community! This is the most direct way to chat with other players and submit feedback, bug reports and feature requests.

Keep on drifting….
-Miles @ Pixeljam
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March 27

NOVA DRIFT IS LIVE! But this is just the beginning...

Hello all!

Nova Drift is finally LIVE! The whole world can now drift with us and this makes us very happy.

There are many content updates planned for the foreseeable future, and you can always see what's in the oven at

Here's a quick look at the 2019 roadmap:

Please leave a review and tell your friends!

More updates very soon...

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“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.”

About This Game


Nova Drift is a "Roguelite" space shooter that melds a classic arcade experience with modern action-RPG elements. 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.
  • 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.

Planned updates soon after Early Access launch:
  • Body Gear: Viper | Weapon Gear: Dart | Weapon Gear: Thermal Lance | Super Mod: Barrage
  • Weapon Mutations: each weapon type will have 1-2 variations
  • 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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