GDC survey shows increased interest in Switch and lootboxes


Only 1% of the developers that were surveyed are making a game on the two platforms, meaning that the total percentage of developers now making a game for Nintendo systems is 14%. After all, the Wii U looked intriguing at launch, but within months, sales had begun to crater and the release schedule slowed to a crawl.

It could also be news on what Nintendo are planning for their Virtual Console support. This year's GDC State of the Industry 2018 includes some useful insight, what excited us the most though was the fact that there is a rise in the interest of developing games for the Nintendo Switch.

The sixth year of the State of the Industry Survey of Game Developers Conference has been announced, and makes some for some great reading.

The key takeaway from this year's report is the surge in interest for the Switch, with 12% of respondents now working on a game, and 36% registering interest in developing for Nintendo's hybrid device. Microsoft Corp.'s console isn't far behind, with 19 per cent of respondents having recently finished a game for Xbox One, 26 per cent now working on one, and 29 per cent intent on making an Xbox One game next.

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"This is a big deal for Nintendo, given that in our surveys respondents typically favor PC, mobile, PS4, and Xbox One". Thirty-nine percent of developers expressed interest in the PlayStation 4 and 59% in PC.

It's also interesting to note that 28 percent of developers said their games sell better on Switch than on other consoles, while 23 percent said they sold about the same amount.

31 percent of those asked also said they weren't making a game for the Nintendo Switch but were considering making one in the future.

These will probably not be ready for launch this year, but will help drive sales of the new console with promises of even better support in 2019. 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.