In case you hadn't heard the news, Maxon is streamlining Cinema 4D in R21 (due in September). No more fragmented, confusing versions (Studio, Broadcast, etc.) to choose from--everyone gets the same full suite of features, for the low, low price of $3,495 for a perpetual license. But wait, there's more! Maxon is also introducing a subscription model with R21, for $720/year or $95/month (which works out to $1,140/year). Adding on Redshift increases the rent to $984/year or $117/month (which works out to $1,404/year).
With this move, LightWave is now one of the few remaining DCC platforms that doesn't have a subscription-based licensing model either as an option or as its sole model. Any predictions on how long that state of affairs will perpetuate? Frankly, I don't see how LightWave can hang on, much less continue to invest in desperately-needed improvements, if NewTek doesn't have a more steady source of revenue. It will also be interesting to see how long Maxon allows perpetual licenses to continue being a thing with Cinema 4D.