Forward of the annual Video games Developer Convention this March, GDC has launched its ‘State of the Recreation’ survey outcomes for 2023, and there are many stats that may curiosity Change homeowners. This annual survey, which you will get a duplicate of from GDC’s web site, provides us an perception into the present state of the sport business.
For this 12 months’s survey, GDC spoke to over 2,300 sport builders, and there are just a few fascinating issues to notice. One is that extra sport builders now work for unbiased studios relatively than AAA. 39% of the devs surveyed at the moment work for an indie sport firm, whereas 23% work for a AAA developer. Most surveyed have been working within the business for “10 years or much less” — 57% the truth is.
Taking a look at Change stats particularly, with the console approaching its sixth anniversary, and in response to a ballot by GDC, 35% of sport builders are nonetheless considering growing video games for the Change. That is simply behind the PlayStation 5 (46%) and the PC (64%).
Of the 35%, 18% of these surveyed are at the moment making a sport for the console. This places the Change behind the Xbox One and the iOS and Android, together with all present consoles. The Change has a reasonably large swathe of video games popping out in 2023 from a number of indie and third-party builders, and whereas we do not know a lot past the summer time, it seems to be prefer it’s nonetheless going to be a superb 12 months for the console. Though a number of the 18% might nonetheless be a 12 months away.
It is a comparable story for the console in terms of builders’ subsequent initiatives. In line with the survey outcomes, 19% of builders will probably be engaged on a Change sport subsequent, which is once more behind cell platforms and present consoles. The PC comes out on each of those polls once more — 65% of devs are at the moment making a sport for PC, whereas 57% will probably be making a PC sport as their subsequent mission.
Different responses inside the survey spotlight a number of the greater speaking factors throughout the business over the past 12 months. The metaverse has been a dominant level of debate, significantly with Fortnite and Minecraft working in direction of this. 45% of these polled consider that the metaverse simply will not take off. And regardless of firms like Sq. Enix branching out into NFTs and blockchain, general curiosity within the know-how did not develop up to now 12 months. 75% of these surveyed have no real interest in blockchain in any respect.
Over a web page has been devoted to the rise in accessibility in video games — 37% of at the moment in-development video games have accessibility modes, whereas many are specializing in including colourblind modes, remappable controls, closed captions, and movement illness settings.
Working hours and crunch tradition proceed to be an enormous difficulty, and the GDC survey reveals that whereas the plurality of these polled (29%) say they work a 36-40 hour week, many builders work over that — and 4% of these surveyed work over 60 hours every week.