Snippets released today from a Game Developer Research survey indicate that development for the Wii has declined in the last year. The firm polled more than 800 members of the development community about which platforms they were working on, among other topics.
Roughly 41 percent of the respondents said they made games for consoles, with 30 percent of them working on the Wii. That’s down from the 42 percent of console developers who said they made Wii games last year.
One possible warning sign of that decline came last month, when Ubisoft said it was refocusing resources on making games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Some 69 percent of console developers reported making games for the Xbox 360, with 61 percent working on the PlayStation 3. Both of those figures were in line with console developers’ responses from the previous year’s survey.
But the most shocking news:
However, easily the most popular platform for game development was the computer. More than 70 percent of developers said they were working on at least one game for the PC or Mac. As for why the game makers chose the systems they did, ease of development and market penetration were the most often cited factors in their decisions. Also relevant to the developers were their team members’ skill sets, the cost of development kits, and how easily code for one platform could be moved to another.
Wii losing support and PC gaining? 2010 may have some surpises and changes in store.