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Gratuitous Space Battles

Positech announces Gratuitous Space Battles, a science-fiction strategy/management/simulation game. The Gratuitous Space Battles Website is online with screenshots and a gameplay trailer, and here's word on the game:

GSB is the next game from UK developer 'Positech Games'. It's a strategy / management / simulation game that does away with all the base building and delays and gets straight to the meat and potatoes of science-fiction games : The big space battles fought by huge spaceships with tons of laser beams and things going 'zap!', 'ka-boom!' and 'ka-pow!'. In GSB you put your ships together from modular components, arrange them into fleets, give your ships orders of engagement and then hope they emerge victorious from battle (or at least blow to bits in aesthetically pleasing ways).

Gratuitous Space Battles aims to bring the over-the-top explodiness back into space games. The game is for everyone who has watched big space armadas battle it out on TV and thought to themselves 'I could have done a much better job as admiral'. This is not a game of real-time arcade twitch reflexes. GSB is about what ships you design, and what you tell them to do. Your individual ship commanders have total autonomy during the chaotic battle that unfolds. This is not a tactical game, it is a strategic one. These gratuitous space battles are not won by plucky heroes with perfect teeth, but by the geeky starship builders who know exactly what ratio of plasma-cannons to engines each ship in the fleet will need.

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23. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 2, 2009, 02:06 Kedyn
 
Is it sad that this is the only game I'm excited about right now?  
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22. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 16:49 Rilcon
 
Very very awesome looking.  
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21. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 13:46 Tumbler
 
How about some HD video clips. that one clip is nice but I'd love to see some HD clips that let battles play out.

Game looks awesome.
 
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20. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 12:01  cliffski 
 
too early to commit on either tbh  
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19. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 11:40 dryden555
 
the title is perfect -- A+ there  
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18. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 11:21 Tumbler
 
I don't see a release date, or price point. Any specifics available on that stuff Cliffski?

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17. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 05:34 starmonkey
 
There are reasons (to be revealed later) why the battles are hands-off, but it might be something I could add (an RTS mode) at some later stage.

I remember the first time I played "combat mission" - you'd have a planning phase where you told all your units to do stuff, then the computer would calculate what happens and play the action phase.

You could rewind and watch this over from all angles etc, then when you're happy you moved to the next planning phase, and so on.

Was a pretty interesting take on things.
 
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16. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 03:56 Surf
 
looks neat to me, but doubt I would buy it. Looks almost like a screen saver.

Also reminds me of the Steven Eisler books like Space Battles and Space Wrecks.
 
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15. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 03:50  cliffski 
 
There are reasons (to be revealed later) why the battles are hands-off, but it might be something I could add (an RTS mode) at some later stage.
I'd love to see this game for sale on impulse. I wouldn't be surprised if we sorted that out. This is a totally different game to GalCiv and Sins and I think would work well alongside them.
 
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14. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 03:08 starmonkey
 
I'm skeptical about watching battles unfold.. I'd prefer the AI to be able to do its own thing, but you can get as involved as you want and give them commands throughout the battle.

Imagine feints, all out attacks, objectives, capture the flagship! etc.
 
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13. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 01:36 Kxmode
 
My favorite part is the pew pew lazer sounds on the capital ships! Rotfl  
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12. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles May 1, 2009, 00:04 Kedyn
 
Wow. Damn. I'll be watching this one!  
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11. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 23:44 ELITE
 
Yep.
That's what I think - I guess cliff thought the game style was good enough to duplicate and sell. Kind of feel bad for the BF programmer - because his game was very cool and different even though the graphics weren't high end.
 
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10. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 23:22 Wildone
 
I wasn't criticizing this game, but the lack-of genre for Sci Fi space action games. Most space games now look like they could be played on a low grade cell phone and we're supposed to be happy while ever other genre is gettin eye poppin next gen graphics.

Maybe with Star Trek, Avatar and other movies sci-fi is making a come back and will interest publishers
 
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9. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 22:31 MachineMk2
 
Made me think of Battleships Forever. I'm in.  
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8. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 22:14 Tumbler
 
Where the fuck do I put my money!?

Those battles looked awesome. Not sure what the game looks like out of combat or how you manage large fleets and what not but that looked awesome.

I WANT IT NOW.
 
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7. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 22:12 basis
 
thanks for the news Blue! Certainly looking forward to this title!

It's probably built ontop of the Battleship Forever engine, with a better skin.
 
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6. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 21:54 Rigs
 
If Cliffski stops by: will GSB likely show up on Impulse?

What, and compete against GalCiv2 and Sins? I doubt it...IMO, the space-strat-management genre is getting saturated already. Now it starts getting goofy, like Inifinte Space was. *shudder*

Sorry, yes I'm bitchin' at a good thing, but I can't help it. I miss MOO and SpaceEmpires and I'm really itchin' for a remake (of all things) ST: Birth of the Federation. Say what you will about it, I've spent double as many hours with it than GalCiv2 and SE4 combined! Just something about it kept me playing...

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5. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 21:54 Kxmode
 
over-the-top top-down explodiness! \o/  
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4. Re: Gratuitous Space Battles Apr 30, 2009, 21:47 Nate
 
Looks different! Which is good thing in a strategy game.  
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