8% of developers questioned in a new industry survey have said they’re working on games for Nintendo’s next console.
The newly-published 2024 GDC State of the Game Industry survey asked over 3000 game developers across indie and AAA studios questions about their work, including which platforms they’re currently creating games for.
For the first time, nearly 250 people said they were working on titles planned for the Nintendo Switch successor.
It’s worth noting that, since the Nintendo Switch successor is yet to be officially announced, those working on games will be doing so under strict secrecy, so it’s possible that more of the 3,000 surveyed are working on ‘Switch 2’ games but chose not to disclose this, even anonymously.
Although the company is yet to comment publicly, Nintendo’s Switch successor is widely expected to launch this year, and Nintendo shares hit a record high earlier this month, partly due to anticipation for its next console.
VGC reported last summer that development kits for ‘Switch 2’ were in the hands of key partner studios, with a launch expected in late 2024.
Dr. Serkan Toto, CEO of Tokyo-based game industry consultancy Kantan Games, recently predicted that the new console could launch at $400 – $100 higher than the Switch launched at – and there’s a chance its games could adopt the $70 pricing of PS5 and Xbox Series X.
According to the industry consultant, Nintendo’s next console will again have portable functionality, as VGC reported last year.