Game Developers Conference Survey Contains Positive Findings For Nintendo Switch

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The 2018 Game Developers Conference has released the results from their GDC State of the Game Industry 2018 survey, revealing industry trends before their annual event in March.

On the Nintendo front, a year ago, only 3 percent of surveyed devs were working on a Switch project, while that number has risen to 12 percent in 2018. In terms of the preference of the developers, Switch placed in the third place with 36%, below PC with 59% and PS4 with 39%. One in three developers are interested in the Nintendo hybrid console, with 12 percent of respondents now developing for the platform (versus three percent from 2017).

Earth Wars has been released on the Nintendo Switch worldwide, and there's something interesting about the pricing. 28 per cent of respondents had better results on Switch than other platforms, with an additional 23 per cent having average sales success on the device. Whether enthusiasm for the platform will hold in the years to come remains to be seen.

The New Nintendo 3DS gets one additional game this week in Zig Zag Go for $1.49.

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Virtual reality, meanwhile, appears as though it may be in the initial stage of a popularity downturn.

Asked to explain their positions on VR, one respondent wrote, "it might not seem like it's going far fast, but it's steady". Keep in mind that the Switch hasn't even been on store shelves for a year yet.

"When asked to select which business model (s) they planned to use for their next game, almost half (49%) said "pay to download" and 39% said "free to download".

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. And while there's a slight increase in the number of developers now working on mobile games - 36 per cent - that number dips back down to 32 per cent when asked on which platform they expect their next game to release.