I looked into the pricing of 3DS Max, Maya & Zbrush today.
3DS Max: $3675
3DS Maya: $3675
That brings the total to $8145.
Ongoing upgrades are:
3DS Max: $2575
3DS Maya: $2575
Expect to spend > $5000/upgrade
That isn't happening. This isn't my day job. I thought Photoshop was expensive. That is a drop in the bucket compared to this. This realistically puts the software out of reach for small game developers who want legit software.
I think it is strange that Substance sells an indie pack to any developer who makes less than $10,000 off their games yet assume you've spent that amount on software for just one developer. Serious disconnect there.
Back to Blender...