September 17th, 2012 | By Arsen Nazaryan
No matter how gratuitous Positech’s Gratuitous Space Battles may be, there are some out there who would appreciate a method of controlling the madness. So this may be a turn off for those who are adept at the game and big fans of its current state, the addition of new options in-game is never really a bad thing. In its new free update, Gratuit0us Space Battles offers gamers more of a sense of stability via mid-battle control.
Given that by its very nature, the strategy title employs a turn-based system, this may annoy those who expertly destroy their opponents online. Not to worry, though, as the update only comes in handy for single-player offline play. Specifically, “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.” The developers stress that it’s only an “optional” update and that it will be available from patch 1.60 onward. Those with Steam copies should be able to download the update shortly.
Though the game is three years old, it still has an active fan base and — thanks to recent involvement in bundles — its community has only grown as more and more gamers have come to try the space battle strategy title. It is of course still available for purchase on the developer’s website (or Steam or Impulse or GamersGate), but players old and new who want to get a sense of the update can check out the video below.