YoYo Games, the maker of 2D game development engine, GameMaker Studio 2, has today announced that an open beta for its Nintendo Switch licence edition has begun. This could be a huge step for developers aspiring to port their games to the system, and it appears that there are many who want to do just that.
With the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch licence edition, any games created using the engine can be exported directly to Nintendo's console. The full commercial release is expected to be released next month, and the GameMaker team is aiming to find more developers who want to use their platform to get their games on Switch.
James Cox, General Manager at the engine's creator YoYo Games, has issued a statement on the release of the beta, talking about how the studio would love to see more games be created and published through GameMaker Studio 2 in the future. Amazingly, he mentions that "over one thousand" developers have already been in touch to work alongside the studio, hoping to use the new engine to release their games on the Switch's eShop.
“Since announcing our relationship with Nintendo to launch the GameMaker Studio 2 Nintendo Switch licence edition, we’ve been contacted by over one thousand developers who want to bring their GameMaker titles onto Nintendo’s record-breaking console. We’ve already seen the first wave of GameMaker Studio 2 titles announced for Nintendo Switch, including Hyper Light Drifter, Minit and Undertale, and we’re excited to see the massive range of GameMaker Studio 2 content that will be launching on the platform.”
As you can see, some games are already making it to the console as we speak - Minit actually launches on the eShop today - and we're sure that we can expect many more to come over the next few months and years.
Are you surprised by that number? Does the idea excite you, or do you think we're already spoilt for choice when it comes to indie games on Switch? Let us know your thoughts below.