Third-party developers aren’t jumping on the Switch train just yet


3% of game developers are currently working on a game for Nintendo Switch, and only 5% of them plan to release their next tile on Nintendo’s upcoming console.

This news comes from the Game Developers Conference (GDC) “State of the Game Industry 2017” report, which you can read here.

Here’s a look at the report’s relevant findings, as reported by NeoGAF user Rösti.

“Results from the fifth annual Game Developers Conference State of the Industry Survey are in, revealing trends in the games industry based on the feedback of more than 4,500 game developers ahead of GDC 2017 in February and March.”


“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.

Game makers are feeling optimistic about Nintendo’s new Switch console. Nintendo is expected to release its hybrid portable/home console, the Switch, this March, and the game makers we surveyed seem cautiously optimistic about the platform’s chances.

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.

The Switch’s ability to…switch between a portable mode and a docked home console mode is the console’s core selling point, but survey respondents seem unsure about whether that feature will resonate with the public. 48 percent said they thought it might, but that it doesn’t seem to be world-changing, while 19 percent said yes, the Switch is the right product for the right time.

11 percent figured people wouldn’t be interested in the core premise of the Switch, and 23 percent said they didn’t know how it would be received upon launch.”

These statistics don’t instill much confidence in the Switch’s third-party software offerings. As you can tell, there are as many developers working on Switch games as there are developers that are working on Xbox 360 games. That’s definitely a bad look for Nintendo, and these developers’ (very) cautious optimism may be cause for concern.

Keep in mind that 89% of respondents were American or European, so the numbers may be somewhat skewed. 

We’ll be receiving more news on third-party games at tonight’s Switch Presentation.

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Image source: EnderDonut on Reddit

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