The popular annual Game Developer Conference, hosted over February and March, is fast approaching but an interesting survey is making its rounds on the web. Statistics from the fifth annual Game Developers Conference State of the Industry Survey have surfaced and the Nintendo Switch seems to be accumulating some undeniable industry significance.
It’s worth noting that over 4,500 game developers completed the survey.
I’ve included the results from the survey below:
Although 3% doesn’t seem like a huge figure, remember the console hasn’t even been released (let alone unveiled) yet. For contrast, the Nintendo 3DS is currently only attracting 1% of the crowd. Further inspection of the full report (that can be downloaded here) they went on to explain:
“Nintendo’s new Switch console is also expected to debut this year, so it’s interesting that 3 percent of respondents said they’re currently working on a game that will release on Switch and 5 percent said they expect their next game will be released on Switch.”
Details in the report suggest that developers are still, at this stage anyway, unsure about sales figures for Nintendo’s new home console:
“When polled about whether or not they thought the Switch would outsell Nintendo’s Wii U (which has an install base of roughly 13 million, worldwide) in its lifetime, 50 percent said yes, the Switch will outperform the Wii U. 14 percent predicted it wouldn’t, and 37 percent admitted they had no idea.”
Mixed and cautiously optimistic results from such early days for the Nintendo Switch if you ask me. What do you think?