Update: Autodesk has launched Maya 2014, 3ds Max 2014, Softimage 2014, Mudbox 2014 and MotionBuilder 2014 – as well as unveiling a new identity.
Autodesk has sent out an invite to launch events where it's "unveiling the latest 3D animation software releases", according to a press release and a launch video (above).
We're taking this to mean the launch of Maya 2014, 3ds Max 2014, Softimage 2014, Mudbox 2014 and MotionBuilder 2014 – unless Autodesk has finally decided unite some of the products it's acquired over the years from the likes of Alias (neé Alias|Wavefront), Softimage (previously owned by both Avid and Microsoft), Kaydara and a bunch of ex-Weta 3D artists.
Autodesk launched the 2013 versions of those products on March 28 last year.
Unfold 2014 takes place on March 26-27 and includes both live and virtual events, where artists can "see Autodesk's newest technology in action, interact with product managers, learn from 3D experts and check out new customer projects".
Autodesk has recently made Maya and 3ds Max upgrades more expensive in the UK.
Here's the rest of the blurb from Autodesk:
3D professionals can join Autodesk online throughout the day on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27, to get a sneak peek at the newest releases and chat with product experts. Highlights include:
- "Product Managers Unplugged" - Explore new features in Autodesk's animation products and engage with product managers as they answer your most pressing questions.
- "The Expert Challenge" - Meet Autodesk Product Experts and talk with them about your toughest 3D challenges.
On Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Autodesk will host a live event in its Montreal office from 5:00-7:00pm EST. The event will be live-streamed on AREA and feature:
- Workflow demonstrations showcasing the new features in Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage, MotionBuilder and Mudbox
- A panel discussion on the state of the 3D industry covering controversial subjects like outsourcing, subsidies, the competitive landscape work/life balance
- Customer presentations