Ill address the elephant in the room.
I suspect that a fullor partial sale to Adobe is coming.
-Nemetschek gains full ownership to simplify negotiations and transfer
-Adobe guy is brought in as CEO
C4d is a creative tool unlike anything in Adobes offerings suite. AR/VR despite a bit of a lull is poised to grow and could be massive. Accessible content tools for that medium could be vital for a company like Adobe. Integration w/AE and Illustrator is in place.
Throughout all industries there is consolidation. Big fish swallow up smaller fish. For example Unity is cozying up with Google, which could be merely a partnership but could be the beginning of much more.
Autodesk is a player that is moving hard. Its moving into AI and their life sciences group is working in NanoTech. They are a tough competitor getting stronger.
Its inevitable that in the coming years DCC apps will start to fold in AI features and will be utilized in completely new ways. That kind of expansion is easier for a big company with deep pockets and proximity to Silicon Valley.
If a sale is forthcoming I would guess Maxon would remain as a German based subsidiary w/ a lot of autonomy. And Id guess Adobe would offer the product in a subscription that is layered on top of the base cloud suite. (Not included in current price/package)