We may not have confirmation of what the Switch successor will be called, but developers are already creating titles for it. In a survey conducted as part of GDC 2024, roughly 8% of participants confirmed that they were working on a game for Nintendo’s next console. Since this survey was conducted with 3,000 developers, that’s around 240 individuals making games for the Switch 2.
A separate question on the survey asked which platforms developers had the most interest in at the moment. Once again, “Nintendo Switch Successor” came up and 32% of developers voted for it. The only detail possibly skewing these results is the fact that participants could vote for multiple choices on each question. That’s probably what led to PC getting 62% for most interested and another 18% saying they were currently developing for the current Nintendo Switch.
When can I play Switch 2?
What do these results signify? Well, for starters, we now know with certainty that the Switch 2 is real. Secondly, it means that Nintendo is likely planning a release within the next year if developers already have dev kits. It wouldn’t make sense to be working on games for a successor that is still five or so years out.
At the same time, working with the Switch successor doesn’t mean that developers are currently making retail games. It could simply be test kits for what to expect with the final hardware or what Nintendo wants developers to target when it comes to specs. This is the first generation in a long time that I wouldn’t foresee Nintendo radically redesigning its followup console, so I wouldn’t expect some new gimmick or anything. This dev kit is likely just a more spruced-up version of what we currently have.
So if I had to hazard a guess, I would say the Switch successor could at least be at least a year away. Again, this is all conjecture at this point. Only time will tell.
Via: Nintendo Everything
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