I recently purchased Cubase Pro 9 from an online Australian store. I was sent Cubase Pro 8.5 with a “Free upgrade to current version” tag on the box. The website did not indicate that I was purchasing 8.5. It stated Cubase Pro 9, and I even emailed and phoned before purchasing. It even says 9.0 on the online receipt. The store is a reputable shop in Australia.
I found a different Aus website that lists Cubase Pro 9 as $849 (AUD), while also listing “Cubase Pro 8.5 with free upgrade to Version 9” for only $699 (AUD). This suggests to me that purchasing 9.0 is different to buying and upgrading 8.5. Does this mean upgrading 8.5 does not give you the same content (i.e. same versions of VSTs - Halion, Groove agent, etc.) as purchasing Cubase Pro 9 outright?
Is the website I purchased from guilty of false advertising, or am I just naive? Hopefully the latter.