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GDC survey shows increased interest in Switch and lootboxes

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Game makers are keen on Nintendo Co.

For the past six years, the Games Developer Conference (GDC) conducts a survey to understand the state of the video game development industry. In fact, the survey shows that games released on Switch tend to sell at least as well, if not better, than on other platforms. Whether enthusiasm for the platform will hold in the years to come remains to be seen.

The GDC State of the Industry 2018 results come from responses of almost 4000 different game developers, asking them what platform are they now working on a project for, what will they choose in the future and so on.

Meanwhile, things look less rosy for virtual reality. Fifteen per cent of respondents said that the last game they made launched on VR hardware, and 19 per cent said that their current game will launch on VR, which suggests growth.

Further, in 2016 and 2017, just 25 per cent of those surveyed said that they didn't see VR as a sustainable business, but this year that number rose slightly to 29 per cent. When asked about the loot boxes, a lot responded with caution: "It's only acceptable when it is vanity cosmetic items", one respondent wrote.

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Confidence in VR is down, but the Vive is still the most popular VR headset.

GDC also found that more and more developers plan to introduce loot boxes into their titles, which is not positive news for the industry. "I believe AR will be bigger than VR in terms of reach and utilization", wrote one respondent. The Switch also is 1 of the 3 platforms developers picked as most interesting at the moment. Most recently, Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands added loot crates to the game months after it had released.

Mobile, meanwhile, was the platform on which 32 per cent of respondents most recently launched a game.

Developers are also "overwhelmingly confident" Switch is going to outpace Wii U's lifetime sales.

Be sure to check out the full report for more intriguing details and insight into the future of games development.

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