Is G2 considered to be an upgrade from Genesis? If so, I offer this: near ubiquitous in the software industry, companies offer upgrade pricing for new generations of products. If these DAZ characters and the new-generation add-ons are upgrades, where is the upgrade pricing?
What I hear from DAZ is: “If you wish to go with us, prepare to re-invest in characters, morphs, textures, poses, and character-specific content every two years. Also, there may be significant disruption to workflows. Sorry, limited backward compatibility and only offered with full re-investment.”. Those who claim there is existing out-of-the-box compatibility perhaps have not attempted to re-use morphs, poses, textures (or even shoes of many types), etc. Also, if the compatibility is built-in, why are there so many products offered to address compatibility issues? I have my doubts that Genesis would have survived at all if Dimension3D had not come along with Gen X.
Further examples: For Genesis, we invested in “Gen 4 Iconic Shapes for Genesis”. Now we are being asked again to invest in “legacy” shapes, this time for G2. However, now there are two products: one for G2 male, and one for G2 female. On top of that, add “legacy” shapes for Genesis. Perhaps down the line, there will “legacy” shapes for Gen 3? In ten years, the number of these add-ons will have to multiply exponentially. In my view, those who simply see this as economic opportunity, are just missing the point.
DAZ uses the term “legacy” conveniently in order to point out that if you are still using Gen 3-4 or Genesis, you are using outdated technology. However, a quick look at the DAZ store shows that many products for “legacy” characters are still sold as new and on a regular basis. There are other sources out there that provide little else except Gen 4 content.
I am retired from the software business and I do know a bit about evolving technologies. We worked with hundreds of suppliers over the years. The suppliers that made the grade over the long term had a significant message for their product development and marketing teams: if the benefit of a new feature does not outweigh the cost to the customer, then the feature must either be eliminated from the product or the feature must be re-worked. The best companies found ways to bring new features to the market with little disruption to customer workflows and a clear cost/benefit advantage.
I started out with Genesis plus Gen 4. For those who settled on Gen 4, years ago, there are some significant advantages. One, little disruption to workflow (therefore allowing one to focus on artwork instead of workarounds). Two, complete re-use of existing Gen 4 content, morphs, poses, and textures. Three, drop-in compatibility with new Gen 4 content. Can one do superior artwork with a Gen 4 character and content? Take a look at this if your not sure: http://www.daz3d.com/gallery/#images/13344