Over the past week there have been many rumors about the future of Softimage posted on various forums and social media sites. Many of you have been looking for an official confirmation or denial from Autodesk. Unfortunately, we were not in a position to respond until today as we needed to finalize all the details of our plans. But yes Softimage 2015 will be the last release of the software. I wanted to share some of those details with you:
[li]Softimage 2015 will be the last release of the software[/li][li]We will continue to support the software and develop hot fixes and service packs for two more years[/li][li]If they wish to, customers on Subscription will be able to transition to Maya or 3ds Max at no cost while retaining the right to continue to use Softimage in production/[/li][li]Existing customers will be able to purchase additional seats and/or rental plans if they need to scale production [/li][/ul]
[/list]Below is a copy of the letter that was sent electronically to Softimage customers today. I have copied it here as our email distribution lists not allow us to send it to those who have opted out.
Because several of our partners have started posting the news early, we are responding now but please note our web sites have not had time to upload all the information yet.
All the information including a detailed FAQ on www.autodesk.com/softimage.
Within the next 15 minutes you can also visit http://area.autodesk.com/softimagetransition to register for a live Q&A webinar on Monday March 17th at 12pm EST. as well as see the full documentation of what is new in Softimage 2015.