I’m still using trusty old Maya 7.0 at work, but I must say that for the first time I’m actually excited about a new release of Maya. Maya 2009 will include animation layers, a la Motionbuilder, which is something I’ve wanted since I started animating for games. Just think, if they decide to change a character’s idle pose you can simply slap that pose on a new layer in every other animation that needs to conform to that pose and you’ve got a non-destructively modified animation. Nice. Also helpful if you want to make several variations of similar moves. Other features include improvements to unwrapping UVs and easily rendering in stereoscopic 3D. Go to the Autodesk website to read more about it and watch some demo videos.
I’m still waiting for Reflex to be released to the public.