I think it’s safe to say that the Wii U is more or less dead at this point, and if the fact that Nintendo is already preparing to release the console’s successor wasn’t enough of an indication, maybe the fact that a measly 5% of game developers are working on a Wii U game at the moment will remove any doubts. This is according to a survey conducted by the Game Developers Conference, and to put into perspective just how minuscule that percentage is, consider the fact that 52% of game developers are working on a PC game.
The Game Developers Conference has released its State of the Industry Report, laying out development trends ahead of its annual conference. Survey says that PC games are in, and Wii U is out. PC games continue to lead the industry, with 52 percent of surveyed developers working on PC games. They’re followed closely by mobile, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One rounding out the stats. PlayStation 4 is the only console to have increased its development numbers since last year, though only by a few percent. Developer interest in Nintendo platforms, the GDC survey says, has been declining. Just 5 percent of developers surveyed are working on Wii U titles, with 3 percent bringing a game to the Nintendo 3DS. The Nintendo NX fairs even worse, with less than 1 percent of respondents working on a game for the unannounced platform. Virtual reality could be the cause for the declining percentages, the report says. VR games continue to rise in popularity, with 20 percent of developers planning for their next game to come to Oculus Rift.