Gratuitous Space Battles is now Gratuitous Controllable Battles

For Immediate Release


Do you remember indie pc strategy space game and surprise success-story 'Gratuitous Space Battles' released just over 3 years ago? We have important news regarding the game.

Unlike big name 'triple A' companies, we at positech games don't believe in ditching support for old games, or cynically turning off servers to encourage people to buy our new titles (even though we'd love people to buy gratuitous tank battles :D). Instead, we have released yet another patch/update for GSB over 3 years after release.

This is a free update, not DLC.

What have we changed? Well we have added the option that dare-not-speak-it's-name. We have added mid-battle control to gratuitous space battles.

It's only an 'optional' feature, and only works in single-player offline games, but from patch 1.60 (which is now live, steam copies will be updated soon), the player can select ships and issue movement and fire orders mid battle, and even edit the 'standing' orders for ships in the middle of an engagement.

A video that explains the way the system works, along with a demonstration of the new visual effects added in the patch is viewable


The game is available direct from the developer at

And also on steam, gamers gate and impulse.


Gratuitous Space Battles and Gratuitous Tank Battles are developed by one-man game-programming obsessive Cliff 'cliffski' Harris, who lives in a field with cats in the UK. he is @cliffski on twitter and blogs at his games site is He has been making games since 1997, before 'indie' meant much. He was programming in 1981, before the fall of communism and when Jimmy Carter was president. He is getting the hang of it now.


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