I haven’t upgraded yet as I prefer to wait for the first patch after a general release. But I will.
I did notice that the price is $100 US, and I seem to recall it being around $60 in the past. Like everyone else, I’d rather not pay more money if I don’t have to, and I’ve seen some unhappy comments about pricing. Even so, I won’t hesitate to pay the $100.
If the twice-yearly updates are now $100, that means Cubase is costing me $200 a year, or $16.68 per month. That’s not at all out of line. Pro Tools is $30 a month.
More important, and this is a critical consideration for me, I still get a perpetual license. I’d invested heavily in Adobe products when they moved to the lifetime Adobe tax scam - the moment you stop paying, your software stops working, no matter how long you’ve been paying. With Cubase, I can stop upgrading at any time (and often do if there are no features I need). My current version keeps right on working, and I lose absolutely nothing that I’ve already paid for. Also, if a company goes out of business and takes its online license servers with it, I don’t get screwed. My software keeps working.
Doing the first price increase in the middle of a global pandemic and the economic hardships it’s brought is a little tone deaf, to be sure. However, as long as they keep perpetual licensing and don’t get too out of hand on annual cost of ownership, I have no real complaints.