30% of Switch games are developed with Unity

And Unity will "continue to partner closely with Nintendo to optimise Unity."

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In the last two weeks alone, the Nintendo Switch has received over 20 titles, most of which have been digital games developed by indie studios with a small budget. Lately, however, there have been more medium-sized and AAA announcements, although the reality of the Switch's lineup has been revealed by Hiroki Omae, Unity's Japanese Regional Director.

"More than 30% of games released on Switch to-date are made with Unity", he said to GamesIndustry.biz while addressing the state of the engine. "Unity has been providing developer support for Nintendo Switch since day one", he added.

Everything's not exactly fine, though, as there are at least two prominent titles facing development problems and in both cases the studio has pointed at the engine supplier. Battle Chasers: Nightwar should be landing this Tuesday on the Switch, for instance, but isn't, as the studio is "waiting on some updates to Unity that we'll need before we can comfortably promise a release date for the game".

The other well-known case is Yooka-Laylee, as the 3D platformer has had its issues with the Switch too. Here's what Playtonic had to say on the matter:

"We've encountered some final technical hurdles and had been waiting for the arrival of Unity 5.6 in order to fix them. Although this has now been released, it has unfortunately introduced other issues which we are working with Unity to resolve before we can submit to Nintendo and lock in our release timeline."

Omae didn't comment on specific cases, but promises that "we continue to partner closely with Nintendo to optimise Unity on Switch, and are happy to see our developers finding great success on the system."

Big companies such as Bethesda, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft are porting their own engines, while Square Enix and others prefer Unreal Engine 4, that fully supports the Nintendo Switch.

Which of these games do you most want to see solve their issues with Unity and release on the Switch?

30% of Switch games are developed with Unity


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