@E2GO don’t be so sensitive, my ire is not directed at you but a large faceless German corporation.
You have to face the very obvious facts. Maxon is under new management and the new management wants to cream as much money out of the user base for the shareholders as possible, that’s his job. C4D has either got very much more expensive if you’re a perpetual license owner or you’re paying the same money to rent software either way you pay more or get less thanks to the new direction.
Maxon acquired Redshift, they did not give that away free far from it. Despite having the worst renderers of any comparable DCC Maxon chose to charge extra for Redshift.
Do you really think this new management would buy out Insydium and give XParticles away at no extra cost? How could the CEO justify to the Nemetschek board he’s just spent several millions on an acquisition and he’s giving the IP away for free. At the very least it would be another paid extra like Redshift. You can make the same argument for any future acquisition unless it’s a burnt out old plugin like they’ve bought in the past.
How much extra are you prepared to pay for C4D/year? $1250, $1500 or more? Remember Houdini is perpetual and while it costs more up front you need only buy every 4-5 years so the cost of ownership is far less. If you qualify for the Indie license it’s $200/yr.
Maxon won’t release a roadmap have you not seen how they operate their blog?