There was a time when there were 3 companies that battled in high-end 3D animation software. The competition was fierce and every year brought new features meant to outdo the other packages.
No more...all three software packages (Maya, 3ds Max, and Xsi) are now owned by Autodesk.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. It seems silly for one company to keep all three packages since they have so much overlap.
My prediction: Maya will become the only 3D package Autodesk sells, with features from the other packages integrated into Maya.
What are your predictions? Post your thoughts in the comments. First with the correct prediction wins a prize!