Positech Games, developers of the popular Gratuitous Space Battles and Democracy series, have announced they’re returning to space with their next game. Gratuitous Space Battles 2 is currently in development and scheduled for a late 2014 release on PC, Mac, and Linux.
Like the original, GSB2 is a 2D top-down space strategy game based on the idea of hands-off battles between huge armadas of player-design spaceships. GSB 1 sold over 150,000 copies on PC and continues to be popular with gamers, especially through the extensive mod scene and it’s innovative online asynchronous ‘challenge’ battles
GSB2 uses an entirely re-written custom engine, vastly better visual effects, a much-improved GUI, and will feature steam achievements, mod support and some very sexy undisclosed new features. The game is especially targeting gamers with multiple monitor setups who enjoy ridiculously over the top space battles, but the engine should comfortable scale down to much older PC’s too. The aim is to replicate all of the OTT silliness of sci-fi movie user-interfaces.
Check out the artwork below that Positech has sent along with the announcement. You can keep up with the development of the upcoming game by visiting the developer’s blog at http://positech.co.uk/cliffsblog/.
Learn more about the game at http://www.gratuitousspacebattles2.com/