Event organisers for the Games Developers Conference – due to take place in March – have surveyed more than 2,600 North American game developers to identify ongoing market trends. The poll has collated information on games consoles and revealed that just 4 per cent are currently developing for and intending to release their next game on the Wii U.
This percentage is in stark contrast to the PlayStation 4, where 20 per cent of developers intend to release on the console, while Xbox One received 17 per cent of the votes. The percentage dips, though, for those currently developing on Sony’s (14%) and Microsoft’s (12%) latest home consoles. But the biggest percentages lie with PC/Mac and smart phone devices, which poll over 50 per cent of the votes. And sadly only 2 per cent are looking to develop for the Nintendo 3DS.
The research undertaken shows that self-publishing is a hit, with 64 per cent of developers working on titles independently, while 19 per cent are working with publishers, and 17 per cent work under a publisher’s name. Though the Wii U’s percentage isn’t as large as its competitors, there are a number of indie games within Europe that are currently in development for the home console, as well as a number of Kickstarter projects hoping to gain some ground on a Nintendo platform.