Arrangørerne bag Game Developers Conference, som finder sted i marts måned, har udgivet deres GDC State of the Game Industry 2018. Her viser udviklerne forøget interesse for PC og Switch-platformene.

Rapporten, som kan hentes fra GDC websitet, belyser nogle ganske interessante tendenser. PC-gaming er absolut den første platform, som udviklerne vil fokusere på, men VR og mobilgaming synes at være på vej tilbage, hvis man skal måle det på forhåndsinteressen.

Med 32 % af de adspurgte i undersøgelsen, har dog meldt ud at det var smartphones de satsede på i 2017, så det er ikke fordi mobilspillene sådan forsvinder. Halvdelen af al nyudvikling 2017 var på PC-platformen, 23 % på PS4 og 19 % på Xbox One.

Compared against last year’s results, we see an uptick in devs releasing games for the PC, the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One — but a decrease in those releasing games for mobile devices.

Ser man på tallene for hvad udviklerne har gang i for tiden, er det 60 % som svarer PC. PS4 udgør 30 % og Xbox One 26 %. Switch er på listen med 12 % for 2018, hvilket er noget mere end de 3 % af udviklerne, som sidste år havde meldt sig under Nintendo-fanerne.

Once again, when compared against last year’s results it appears that game devs are increasingly favoring the PC; last year, 53 percent of those surveyed said they were currently working on a game for PC/Mac, while 38 percent said their current project would see release on smartphones/tablets. 27 percent said PS4/4 Pro, and 22 percent said Xbox One.

Looking to the future, it seems that devs are increasingly interested in making games for the latest PlayStation and Xbox consoles. When asked which platforms they expected their next game would be released on, 58 percent of respondents said PC, 32 percent said smartphone, tablet, 32 percent said PS4/ PS4 Pro, and 29 percent said Xbox One/One X.

That’s a small but significant uptick in interest in the PC and consoles compared to the results of last year’s survey, in which 52 percent of respondents said they planned to release their next game on PC/Mac, 34 percent said smartphones/tablets. 29 percent said PS4/4 Pro, and 22 percent said Xbox One/One X.

Switch er på vej frem – VR stagneger

Sidste år var det kun 3 % som på forhånd havde Switch i sigte. I år melder hver tredje udvikler, at de Nintendo Switch er den mest interessante platform. Den liste toppes også af PC (59 %) fulgt af PS4 (39 %), Nintendo Switch (36 %), VR Headsets (33 %), Smartphones/Tablets (30 %) og Xbox One / X (28 %)

Sometimes, the console you’re most interested in has nothing to do with your current project. With that in mind we asked developers which platforms (if any) interest them most right now, and “PC” proved the most popular answer with 59 percent — followed by PlayStation 4/4 Pro (39 percent) and, close behind it, Nintendo Switch (36 percent).

This is a big deal for Nintendo, given that in our surveys respondents typically favor PC, mobile, PS4, and Xbox One. However, this year Switch surpassed Xbox and mobile in terms of developer interest; as mentioned, 36 percent of respondents said they were most interested in the Switch, while 30 percent said smartphones/tablets and 28 percent said Xbox One/One X.

VR og AR-udvikling dykker en lille smule i år (19 % til 17 %) og så konkluderes det også, at HTC VIVE er udviklernes foretrukne VR-Platform.

Spring forbi GDC websitet og hent rapporten, som byder på masser af interessant læsning for brancheinteresserede. GDC messen afholdes i år fra den 19 – 23. marts i San Francisco.