Will there be an 8.5?
DAZ has been at C8.5 for quite some time, long enough I have to wonder if DAZ wont just go to C9 and charge for a full upgrade. Certainly wouldn't surprise me in the least.
I am not paying DAZ for the privilege of using genesis, other then the addition of genesis compatibility there has been little more done to carrara then tweaks and polish. Some menu changes that just add steps to setting up a scene. But nothing I would consider a full point upgrade. I don't use genesis, just too costly for me.
Most of the changes just seem to make carrara more studio like, if I wanted to be using studio, I would be.