GDC Survey Shows More Devs Interested In Nintendo Switch, Including Loot Boxes

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There's no shortage of new software for Nintendo's system, and the latest annual survey from the Game Developers Conference confirms what is perhaps obvious now: devs love the machine.

"Significant trends revealed by the survey results include a notable uptick in interest in the Nintendo Switch, game makers' waning opinions of VR, and a move away from mobile to focus on PC and home consoles".

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PC is the most popular platform for developers, and its lead is expanding - 50% said their last game was released on PC, compared to 45% who said the same past year.

Furthermore, 23 percent of developers say that their games sell as well (23 percent) or in some cases better (28 percent) on the Switch than on other consoles. Still, 71% believe VR and AR are long-term sustainable businesses, and even if that's a slight drop from last year's 75%, it's still a solid amount of stated support for the platforms.

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The new survey data shows that 12% of those asked are now developing games for the Nintendo Switch.

Interest in virtual reality remains strong overall, with 19% of survey respondents saying their games will be released on platforms using VR headsets.

Luckily, when asked to elaborate on loot boxes, developers noted that they needed to be implemented correctly and reward players with vanity items, not game changing items.

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"When asked to select which business model (s) they planned to use for their next game, almost half (49%) said "pay to download" and 39% said "free to download".

11% of those developers are working on a game featuring some kind of loot box system, or "paid item crates" as indicated on the survey.