This game has been Greenlit by the Community!

The community has shown their interest in this game. Valve has reached out to this developer to start moving things toward release on Steam.

Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux
Languages: English
Players: Single-player
Sep 4, 2012 @ 2:59am
Jul 9, 2014 @ 4:06pm
Naev is a game about space exploration, trade and combat. Players travel the galaxy and earn money by trading, fighting and performing missions.

Note: this game is free, open source software and can freely be obtained from SourceForge, but we think that Steam Greenlight would be an excellent way to reach out to new players who might otherwise never hear of this game.
Download the game here:

Main features:
  • A large galaxy with hundreds of planets and moons to explore.
  • Real-time, semi-Newtonian gameplay reminiscent of the Escape Velocity games.
  • Many different ships to buy and pilot, and many ways to customize each of them.
  • Multiple factions, each with unique ship designs and personalities.
  • Open-source, meaning ultimate freedom of modding.
Currently Naev is a playable game, but it is far from being a complete one. To further mature the game, we, the developers, need you. Yes, you. All it takes is the motivation to be creative in some way! Probably the easiest way to help, as well as one of the most valuable ones, is by coming up with new stories for the game, and by shaping those stories into playable missions. Other ways to help include making art or sounds, improving gameplay via balancing work, or (if you have the ability) even a bit of coding on the main program.

For those interested, we have a wiki (, a forum (, an IRC channel ( and a blarg ( Everyone is welcome to stop by and say hi!

A few things to keep in mind:
  • This game is a hobby project, not an indie development project. There is no final plan, no time frame for the "finished game".
  • The dev team does not accept monetary donations, only direct contributions to the game itself.
  • This game is compliant with the Debian Free Software Guidelines ( We ask that all contributions be licensed accordingly.
  • The game engine is written in C. Missions are written in Lua.
  • No, there is no multiplayer, and there probably won't be. Unless you add it!
Popular Discussions View All (1)
May 18, 2014 @ 1:53am
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Boob Dracula Jun 16 @ 6:56pm 
Keep up the good work guys!
Maxnwil May 18 @ 7:51pm 
Glad to see y'all are still working on this! please keep it up!
Zachita Apr 11 @ 10:17am 
Keep up the good work!
aktron Mar 9 @ 11:52am 
been trying the beta out and its VERY much like EV but with a more detailed feel to it... very excited to see how this project turns out!!! I played all 3 EV games that came out and have been waiting a long time for anything similar! even have nova installed to this day!
BTAxis  [author] Feb 17 @ 11:09am 
We've released a new beta: 0.6.0-beta1. For details about this release:
norskimo3 Feb 12 @ 10:52pm 
Yay! Another game like EV! I'm super excited! Thanks for all your hard work, guys!
Cbird Feb 6 @ 12:01pm 
This is fantastic! I loved Escape Velocity growing up and no one else seems to want to make a new one including the original creators. Please please please don't quit.
Dr. Prof. Bitseys MD Feb 6 @ 6:17am 
Awesome this is really exciting news!
drebb Jan 31 @ 10:39pm 
Sweet! Glad to hear there's still work being done! Need a next generation EV-style sim so BAD!
BTAxis  [author] Jan 27 @ 1:33am 
We're trying to get a 0.6.0 beta out soonish. It's been far too long.