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 @ 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 @ 1:53am
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Zachita Sep 15 @ 7:36am 
Keep up the hard work! People wanna see another EV! haha You've already implemented severa features previous EV's never had, so you're off to a great start!
Dr. Prof. Bitseys MD Aug 2 @ 5:54am 
Yes! So excited to see that Naev is still active under active work! Keep it up BTAxis!
Zeether Jul 22 @ 4:10pm 
Since Ambrosia is crap and won't release EV Nova on Steam I'd gladly take this.
Shiek4d5 Jul 17 @ 12:31pm 
BTAxis  [author] Jul 16 @ 2:47am 
For the time being at least ship capturing won't be a feature, sorry. The best I can give you is the usual open source rhetoric, which is that anyone can add this themselves if they want.
Shiek4d5 Jul 15 @ 6:42pm 
I mean seriously, boarding ships without the chance to take it is no fun.
Shiek4d5 Jul 15 @ 6:40pm 
Hey, BTAxis, Are you guys planning to add the capture ability? It's the main reason I play games like EV and Naev.
Niarbeht Jul 13 @ 4:45pm 
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay! \=D/

BTAxis  [author] Jul 13 @ 2:57pm 
Soon, hopefully!
Niarbeht Jul 13 @ 2:07pm 
Still waiting for this to hit Steam =D