There will be one more release of 10.0 with some backported fixes from Cubase 10.5 as it stands then (I would expect some 10.5 bugfix releases first). However, if you want new features, you will have to pay for 10.5.
Steinberg have done alternating major/minor paid upgrades to Cubase for a while. If you don’t want to pay for 10.5, don’t. You will pay more to upgrade to 11 when that is released that someone upgrading from 10.5, though.
.5 is not a minor update, this is the misunderstanding leading to an incorrect expectation and thus disappointment.
Version numbers of Steinberg software have, for a very long time, followed this pattern:
A - major updates to the software, including changes to UI, audio/midi engine, etc
B - new features and smaller changes to functionality.
C - maintenance/bug fixes resolving any issues with A.B
The business model pricing reflects this release cycle with A and B new feature coming out with very nearly the same timing each year and, if you update continually, A upgrades cost more than B upgrades - and all together ensure Steinberg remains a viable company producing a DAW I like.
Note that Steinberg will release 10.0.C updates in that series whilst 10.5.C is released for a reasonable length of time to get the last of the bugs fixed in the 10.0 feature set. Personally I find this to be a good practice, often lacking in the software industry. It means I can skip a B update if I wish and my older DAW will still be patched for a while longer.
In short, you don’t need to purchase the new B features if you don’t wish to and you will receive C bug fixes for a little while longer at no cost to your existing 10.0.C version. You are in truth receiving what you wanted - patches to your existing purchase for free.
Hello, I have Cubase since version 6, Steinberg has the option of lowering the price of updates, since there have been 8 updates in which I paid about € 59.99 each, soon it is more worth buying a new version than continuing to make updates . They could give us a perpetual version like Avid’s Pro Tools.
There’s little that’s perpetual about it, though. You own the version that you bought, and get updates that are released for one year, after that you own a license to that version, and no updates unless you pay again.