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Survey suggests loot boxes are here to stay

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Nintendo Switch games 2018: Has the best news just been announced?

Switch Sees Positive Growth at GDC 2018

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.

The State of the Game Industry 2018 report shows that the interest in the Nintendo Switch has grown, with 12% of the respondents now working on a game for the hybrid system (3% more than last year) and 15% who have plans to bring their next game to the Switch (5% increase over last year). This puts it behind the PC (59%) and PlayStation (39%), but ahead of the Xbox One on 28%.

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Almost 4,000 polled developers say that have an interest in the Switch.

"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".

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In 2016 and 2017, just 25 per cent of those surveyed said that they did (not) see VR as a sustainable business, but this year that number rose slightly to 29 per cent.

The new survey data shows that 12% of those asked are now developing games for the Nintendo Switch. Another said "VR adoption and uptake depends on finding that killer game that becomes a must have", suggesting that the headset-based hardware needs a game comparable to Halo or Minecraft to help it achieve mainstream adoption. However, when asked about future products, only 17% responded in the same way.

GDC also reported that 36% of game developers are now focusing more on the Switch than the Xbox models. Despite recent controversies in games like Star Wars Battlefront II, one in 10 developers show support for loot boxes.

As is usually the case, we're seeing many more games launch for Switch this week than 3DS. "Notably, 11% said their next game would include "paid item crates", suggesting that approximately 1 in 10 game makers is figuring out how to implement something like a loot box mechanic in their next game".

Organised by the UBM Game Network, GDC 2018 will take place this year March 19th through the 23rd at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California.

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