Despite PC avid gamers lacking out on some high-profile console exclusives final 12 months, the PC stays within the prime slot for builders – and in line with a latest survey, the PC’s lead is rising.
The GDC State of the Game Industry survey is an annual examine that asks present game builders about tendencies within the enterprise. This 12 months, the 4,000 survey respondents indicated but once more that the PC stays their favored platform for improvement, with cell units at a distant second. Consoles present up down the listing from there.
This 12 months, 56% of respondents to the survey stated that their final accomplished game shipped on PC, whereas 66% stated the game they’re at the moment engaged on will embody a PC launch. That’s greater than twice the quantity for both PlayStation Four or Xbox One, and in each circumstances the PC improved barely over final 12 months’s outcomes.
Another query requested builders which platforms they anticipate their subsequent game releasing on, and 62% stated PC, with 35% predicting cell launches, 32% on the PlayStation 4/Pro, and 29% on the Xbox One/X.
With blockbuster titles like Spider-Man, Red Dead Redemption 2, and God of War all skipping PC final 12 months, it may be straightforward to think about triple-A builders pondering of PC gamers as a secondary market, however GDC’s numbers paint a wholly completely different image.
The survey accommodates much more outstanding details about the games trade – nearly half (47%) of respondents consider game builders ought to unionize, and most are skeptical of the worth of Steam’s 30% revenue cut (32% stated flat-out that Steam doesn’t justify its reduce, whereas one other 27% stated it “probably” doesn’t). Only 6% stated that sure, Steam’s present mannequin is well worth the asking value.
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You can obtain and browse the full report here by registering at GDC’s official web site. The survey asks builders concerning the male/feminine cut up of their studios, about the place they promote their games, and about which strategies they’ve discovered only for selling their games.
GDC will probably be held in San Francisco, March 18-22.