Terribly sad but unfortunately true! I was shocked about this news. However I could see it coming all the way since Autodesk decided to buy this fine piece of software in 2008. Maya and 3ds Max, and Softimage XSI under one roof – just wasn’t healthy by innovative side and couldn’t last long.
Thanks to all developers and colleagues who supported Softimage XSI and pushed it as far as it is today! I spend lots of hours creating worlds with this software. Well, I guess I will still use it for a while. No one can change pipelines from till tomorrow anyway.
After killing the software which pioneerly made Jurassic Park’s T-Rex alive Autodesk “regrets” to announce that Softimage 2015 will be their final (final, final) release. This is the official announcement:
Softimage final release announcement
We regret to inform you that the upcoming 2015 release will be the last one for Softimage® software. This final version is expected to ship on or around April 14, 2014. Autodesk will continue to offer product support until April 30, 2016. We will also provide Softimage support services (including Hot Fixes and Service Packs) to all Softimage customers with Autodesk Subscription, at no cost, until April 30, 2016.
We understand that you will now need time to re-evaluate your production capabilities. To help you, we are offering Autodesk Softimage Subscription customers special no-cost options to migrate to either Maya or 3ds Max software while continuing to use Softimage in production. These options will be available until February 1, 2016. Upgrade paths are also available for customers who are not on Subscription.
Although this decision is a difficult one, we do believe that by focusing our development efforts, we can better serve the needs of the media and entertainment industry and provide customers with better products, faster. Autodesk wants to continue its relationship with you into the future. We regret any inconvenience that this may cause; however, we believe that you will find our new transition product offerings very attractive.