GDC Survey Shows More Devs Interested In Nintendo Switch, Including Loot Boxes

Posted January 26, 2018

Earth Wars is available on the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and both Android and iOS devices. Just 2 per cent said that they thought people weren't interested in the console.

With developer interest growing in the Nintendo Switch, it seems very likely that we will see a lot of new projects announced in the future. Whether enthusiasm for the platform will hold in the years to come remains to be seen. Twenty-three per cent reported that their last game launched on Sony Corp.'s machine, 30 per cent say that their current game will launch on PlayStation 4, and 32 per cent say that their next game will be made for Sony's hardware.

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

Only 1 percent of respondents are now developing games for Nintendo 3DS, and, somewhat interestingly, another percent are working on games for Wii U. Respondents were asked for the third consecutive year if they believed AR/VR could be a sustainable, long-term business; 29 percent of respondents said "no", as opposed to past years of roughly 25 percent. Despite recent controversies in games like Star Wars Battlefront II, one in 10 developers show support for loot boxes. Keep in mind that the Switch hasn't even been on store shelves for a year yet. 17 percent of devs expect their next game to be released for VR headsets.

While just three per cent of those asked said that their most recent game was designed for AR, seven per cent said they're now working on an AR game.

PC is the most popular platform for developers, and its lead is expanding - 50% said their last game was released on PC, compared to 45% who said the same previous year. Most recently, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands added loot crates to the game months after it had released. Last week saw a bunch of games launch for the Switch, with the indie darling Darkest Dungeon soaking up much of the attention for itself.