Every year the Game Developer’s Conference polls developers to see what kinds of trends are forming in the industry.To put together these stats GDC polled over 2000 North American game developers who attended GDC 2014, asking questions about their current work, as well as what they might be doing in the future. They have just released their third annual State of the Industry report, and it seems to show some interesting patterns for the future.
A larger percentage of developers are moving to make games for Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, compared to last year
The first big takeaway from the 2015 State of the Industry report is that consoles are on the rise. Both the PS4 and Xbox One saw major rises in developer interest after a pretty poor showing last year. Specifically “26 percent of developers surveyed said they’re currently working on a PlayStation 4 game, up from 14 percent last year, while 22 percent said they’re currently working on an Xbox One game, up from last year’s 12 percent.” It is important to note that many games are cross-platform, meaning these games could be made for other systems as well.
Even with these massive gains though, consoles are still not the top prospect for video game developers. Mobile and PC strongly dominate developer interest as “56 percent of survey respondents said their current game will be released on PC and 50 percent said their current project will release on smartphones or tablets, as compared to 53 and 52 percent (respectively) a year prior.” Despite this, interest in the consoles seems like it will continues to rise as ” 29 percent of developers surveyed said they expect their next game to be on PlayStation 4, and 24 percent of respondents expected it to be on Xbox One, compared to 20 percent and 17 percent, respectively, of those surveyed last year.”
Some more info gleamed from the report includes profits rising from digital sales and micro-transactions, and profits rising all-around for most developers, with many increasing their staff compared to 2013. Interest in eSports is also trending upward, with 12 percent of developers saying they are working on some type of eSport game, meaning a “competitive, skill-based multiplayer game”. Likewise, 79 percent of respondents said that they fell eSports will be “a long-term, sustainable business.”