GDC survey shows increased interest in Switch and lootboxes
GDC survey shows increased interest in Switch and lootboxes
NINTENDOWhat would be the best news to hear for Nintendo Switch games in 2018
26 January, 2018, 02:33
While only 5 per cent of the survey's 4,000 respondents - composed primarily of game industry professionals based in North America and Europe - said that their most recently completed game launched on the Japanese game giant's latest platform, 12 per cent reported that they are now working on a Switch game, 15 per cent said that the game they plan to tackle next will be released on Switch, and more than a third of respondents said that they were interested in designing for Switch.
With responses from almost 4,000 game developers, the results reveal that 12 percent of respondents are now developing games for Nintendo Switch - which represents a significant jump compared to last year's survey when it was only 3 percent. Thirty-nine percent of developers expressed interest in the PlayStation 4 and 59% in PC.
The hot console topic of 2017 for the games industry may have been about the mid-generation, but this year the focus is on Nintendo - specifically, the Nintendo Switch.
When Nintendo first showed off the Switch in a YouTube video at the end of 2016, gamers and developers alike were understandably cynical about its potential.
Twenty-eight percent of developers said their titles have sold better to Switch users than other platform's users. In 2017, 24 of respondents said they were working on a VR game, while only 19 percent are working on one in 2018.
Meanwhile, things look less rosy for virtual reality.
PC and mobile are still the most popular platforms for gamemakers, but development is slipping in the latter: 32 percent of respondents say their game is headed to mobile, vs 35 percent in 2017.
Luckily, when asked to elaborate on loot boxes, developers noted that they needed to be implemented correctly and reward players with vanity items, not game changing items. Only 16 per cent of developers saw worse sales on Switch than elsewhere.
The survey also shows which business models developers are planning to use in their next games.
I can't count the number of times I have seen someone on Twitter talk about how excited they are for a game, saying it will be "perfect for Switch".
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