Lightwave 3D 2018 is released in January


#1

https://www.lightwave3d.com/news/article/newtek-announces-latest-release-of-lightwave-3d-2018/


#2

looks alright, and can handle very heavy scenes.
$300 upgrade from any version.

http://static.lightwave3d.com/marketing/lightwave_2018/lightwave_2018_release_date.html