Positech Games has taken the wrapping off Gratuitous Space Battles 2. Set for release later this year, the sequel to the hybrid tower defense fleet management game keeps the hands-off approach to setting ships on fire near the shoulder of Orion and watching c-beams glittering in the dark. What GSB2 will add is even more pretty explosions and epic exchanges of energy. There’s even a new early alpha video to show some of this kaboom off! The game will still be top-down 2D, but lots of nifty parallax effects and better lighting that weren’t possible in the old engine improve the experience. Multiple monitor setups will also be supported, for those armchair Adamas that want to command battles from as wide a view as possible.