Game Developer Research issued an extensive 55 question survey to "Western game creators" to probe what markets they're in, tools used and money spent.
They found that developers are still mostly churning out titles for PC with console development at around 43%. Web platforms also beat handhelds. Go web!
"It includes answers to over 55 questions about the platforms Western game creators develop for, the market sectors they are working in, the tools they use, and the amount of money they spend on them," reads the official blurb for the '2008 State Of Game Development Survey.'
Here are some highlights, as noted by Game Developer Research:
- Overall, 70% of those replying are making games on the PC or Mac, with 43% creating for console and 28% for web platforms - with just 16% making games for handheld platforms such as the DS or PSP.
- Of the surveyed console developers, which represent a notable cross-section of the entire industry, 73% are creating games for Xbox 360, 58% (including some of the same respondents) for the PlayStation 3, and 42% for the Wii - with 15% still creating games for the PlayStation 2. This implies that the greatest amount of Western console developers by sheer numbers are creating games for Microsoft's console - but due to team size differences, this doesn't necessarily imply that more games will appear on the Xbox 360 than other consoles.
- Again, of the largely North American and European developers surveyed, Nintendo DS had the largest amount of creators by numbers, with 75% of those handheld developers surveyed making games for it - and with 45% making games for the PSP.
They also list the questions fired off to the developers across the Western high seas. If survey results are your thing, or you need to keep those fanboy facts impeachable then you'd best grab a copy - at a modest price of $2,495 it's practically a steal!