I agree with the earlier sentiment that this sub model is not really designed for the people they say it is, and certainly not “everyone.” But it is arguably a pretty good price (what I said in a post after the announcement) for one group of users. The group that doesn’t currently use C4D (or who have been forced to use the Prime version), who have started making some money at this trade but are not really established yet. Like most freelancers in most lines of work, you have good months and bad months and have to stretch your money out quite a bit during dry times.
I suspect most people in this boat can’t reasonably afford a perpetual license to Studio, but could reasonably afford $59/month if they have a modest amount of earnings from their work coming in each month and/or are on projects where $59/month could be easily built into the contract. And many of those same people would certainly have an eye on Blender for the low, low price of free.
That’s who this model is for, if you cut away all the hype. And it’s perfectly logical for MAXON to try to do something to get these people onboard, fresh blood if you will. What’s not logical iMO is removing benefits from the existing license holders / people who prefer Perpetual. The only thing I can see that would explain it is if: a) there’s a rule that stipulates subscribers have to get some ongoing benefit that perpetual licensees don’t get, b) at the same time MAXON has decided they’re not deviating from their “new features every 12 months” dev cycle, i.e. not going to “release new features throughout the year,” so that c) the only thing left as an “ongoing benefit” would be Cineversity and the ongoing addition of new videos throughout the year.
I asked a question earlier about how MAXON intends to release new features now that they’re using a sub model, goes directly to point above potentially. Looking forward to their answer.
As far as MSA, I can’t see a reason to rewew it this year, not unless MAXON throws us a bone and says “hey you’re going to get those new subscriber features throughout 2019-2020 as well and then next year you can decide Perpetual or sub.” Something like that. Like whatever you think about Caps or volume improvements, in my mind the positive of that is counter-balanced by the PITA factor of all plugins breaking again. So there has to be something more.