The results of the sixth annual State of the Industry Survey are now in and with it comes news that developer interest in the immensely popular Nintendo Switch has surged. Gamasutra reports that 12% of developers are currently developing titles on the platform, compared to 3% last year. Even more developers – 15% of respondents – said that they are planning to make their next game available on the platform. Here’s all the details you need to know:
Interest in Nintendo Switch development rising, with 1 in 3 developers interested
Since its successful launch in March 2017, the Nintendo Switch has already gained significant mindshare among developers, with 12% currently developing titles on the platform, compared to 3% last year. Even more developers – 15% of respondents – said that they are planning to make their next game available on the platform, a sharp increase from last year’s survey in which only 5% said the same.
When asked which platforms (if any) interested developers the most, 36% of respondents answered Nintendo Switch, a strong showing that only places it below more established platforms like PC (59%) and PS4/Pro (39%). The Nintendo Switch even managed to garner more developer interest than the Xbox One/X, which received 28%.
Most developers’ games sell as well or better on Switch as other consoles
Despite the comparatively smaller size of the Switch’s install base versus competing consoles, 28% of respondents have said that their games have sold better than average on Switch, while 23% said their sales on Switch have been average. Only 16% of respondents said their games have sold less on Switch than other consoles.
Considering that 33% of respondents said this question didn’t apply to them, we conclude that 76% of respondents who launched a game on Switch saw sales match or exceed those on other platforms. As the amount of games available on Switch swiftly rises, it’ll be interesting to see how this statistic changes in upcoming years.