After gaining a stellar amount of momentum over the course of 2017, this year looks to be quite a big one for the Switch as it becomes a more established platform. Developers believe so too, as their reception towards the Switch has steadily risen this year, as evidenced by survey results from the Game Developers Conference 2018.
GDC 2018 featured 4,000 game industry professionals, and they were surveyed on various questions. The results relating to Switch are rather nice. Here are some highlights:
- 12% of developers are currently making a game for Switch in 2018. (2017 only had 3%)
- 15% of developers will be making their next game for Switch
- 28% of developers said that the Switch version of their game sold more than the other consoles
- 36% of developers are interested in Switch the most out of all the other platforms
As support for the Switch increases, the 3DS and Wii U are being left behind. Only 1% of the developers that were surveyed are making a game on the two platforms, meaning that the total percentage of developers currently making a game for Nintendo systems is 14%. This is small compared to that of PS4 (which has 30%) and Xbox One (which has 26%), but that’s understandable since those systems have been out longer and have larger install bases. As the Switch continues to come into its own, support should continue to increase as long as the sales remain high.