Video game developers like the Nintendo Switch a lot, says GDC survey

Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018

Nintendo Switch games 2018: Has the best news just been announced?

There's no shortage of new software for Nintendo's system, and the latest annual survey from the Game Developers Conference confirms what is perhaps obvious now: devs love the machine. About 12 percent say they're now developing games for the platform (that's up from three percent last year). When asked, thirty-six percent of respondents placed Nintendo's console as the platform for which they were most interested in creating games. No one wanted to make games for the Wii U because they didn't think their games would sell on the Wii U. That hasn't been an issue for Switch developers though, as 23% say that their games sell as well on the Switch as on other consoles, and 28% say they actually sell better. And, for the first time, there is a rise - from 25% to 29% - in developers saying they don't see VR/AR as a sustainable business. In 2017, 24 of respondents said they were working on a VR game, while only 19 percent are working on one in 2018.

Which platform (s) are you currently/anticipating developing games for? However, when asked about future products, only 17% responded in the same way.

Other interesting information from the survey shows that interest in PC development is increasing, while development of mobile games, the second most popular platform, might be sliding a bit.


As is usually the case, we're seeing many more games launch for Switch this week than 3DS. And 1% specifically indicated that their next game will include "paid item crates". Registration is now open for the 2018 Game Developers Conference, which will be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco between March 19-23.

Finally, other highlights of the GDC 2018 survey were virtual and augmented reality, where there was a decrease in the interest of developers over previous year and the controversial loot boxes, where 11% of developers said they will integrate that monetization model in their games.

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