Video game developers like the Nintendo Switch a lot, says GDC survey

Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018

Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018

Most tellingly, one in three developers now think the Nintendo Switch is the "most interesting" console on the market. Just 2 per cent said that they thought people weren't interested in the console.

Of the almost 4,000 people surveyed, a growing number are looking at the Nintendo Switch with bedroom eyes. Whether or not that enthusiasm will hold up in the coming years remains to be seen, but developers can sense the excitement (and many are excited about the console themselves). 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.

Meanwhile, things look less rosy for virtual reality.

The New Nintendo 3DS gets one additional game this week in Zig Zag Go for $1.49. Asked for elaboration, those developers responded with caution, with many saying loot boxes should award only cosmetic items, that those items are accessible without paying, and that the reward system be balanced for gameplay first. Only 16 per cent of developers saw worse sales on Switch than elsewhere. "I believe AR will be bigger than VR in terms of reach and utilization", wrote one respondent.

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In order to develop the EV, Ferrari will begin with more hybrid models to make the switch to full electrification easier. The goals include doubling operating profit to about 2 billion euros ($2.35 billion) by 2022, the people said then.

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.

The number comes as a surprise as loot boxes have been a contentious topic among the gaming community in recent years. Only PC (59 per cent) and the PS4 (39 per cent) interest developers more. Most recently, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands added loot crates to the game months after it had released.

Switch is proving to be incredibly popular with developers, as you'll know if you keenly track each week's eShop download update.

Be sure to check out the full report for more intriguing details and insight into the future of games development.

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