Positech Games, Cliff Harris' UK-based one-man games company, have opened their upcoming title Gratuitous Space Battles for pre-order.

The game is now available for pre-order at a price of £19.95 (£13.18) + VAT. While there is no release date set for the game, all pre-orders will receive a beta version of the title which, while not the final product, apparently has a good portion of the finished release in there. Here's the blurb from the GSB site for those who don't know what it is:

"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)."

Check here for one of the latest gameplay trailers for the game.