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European Developers Target PS4 Over Xbox One

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    European Developers Target PS4 Over Xbox One

    A survey of European developers conducted ahead of this year's GDC Europe has revealed a number of interesting facts about the future of game development on the continent.


    Over 300 European games industry members were asked for their views by the Game Developers Conference on the next generation of consoles, as well as what countries they think will move the industry forward in the years ahead.


    The survey was conducted before Microsoft announced its DRM change, which is likely to have had an effect on the following figures.


    In terms of next-gen titles currently in development, 13% of respondents said they were working on PlayStation 4 games, compared with 9% working for Xbox One and 5% for Wii U. This trend was mirrored in future intentions as well; 23% of those asked were planning to create a PS4 title next, while 14% were eyeing up the Xbox One and 7% the Wii U.


    Unsurprisingly given the rising cost of game development, the majority of those asked were planning on creating a mobile title next; 66%, to be exact. This was followed by 53% who planned to create a PC title.


    Finally, one of the most interesting changes was in the perception of where quality European games originated. Of those surveyed, 59% of game developers felt that the UK had made the best games in Europe ten years ago; today, only 20% of those asked felt the best games come from Britain.

    Comparatively, 19% opted for Finland (where Angry Birds and Clash of Clans originate), 19% for Sweden (where Battlefield and Hotline Miami are created) and 15% for Germany (where Crysis and Settlers are developed).


    When asked what European country they predicted would make the best titles in five years, Germany headed the pack with 22% of votes, followed by the UK at 19%, Finland on 12% and Sweden on 11%.


    It's probably worth mentioning that the nationalities of those involved broke down as follows: 31% of survey respondents were from Germany, 21% from the UK, 11% from the Netherlands, 6% from Finland, and 6% from France.


    GDC Europe 2013 will take place in August, right before Gamescom, when a host of new next-gen announcements are expected to be revealed.

    Source: IGN



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    DRM 180 is a game changer, so all of the above is invalid now .
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    Quote Originally Posted by UNCLEPAULIE View Post
    DRM 180 is a game changer, so all of the above is invalid now .
    Its not invalid, it still represents a general opinion that's not going to be completely changed by the DRM reversal.

    On another note game development in the UK has receded a lot since 2009, though the introduction of tax relief is bringing it back!

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    The survey was conducted before Microsoft announced its DRM change, which is likely to have had an effect on the following figures.
    Means that the survey needs to be done again. I'm not saying the results would be any different, but it's a significant change in company policy, and any data from consumers and developers before the change needs to be re-evaluated.



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    Yeah, this survey is simply outdated now, not invalidated. And considering that MS's stance on indies still hasn't changed, I'm sure that plays into the decisions of a lot of these developers as well. When you've got several major platforms that allow you to publish your own game and one that forces you to find a publisher or let the platform owner publish it and take a chunk of profits, the choice becomes pretty simple for you.

    Will be interesting to see what gets announced at Gamescom.

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