Sunday, March 28th, 2021 Posted by Jim Thacker

Autodesk ships Mudbox 2022

Autodesk has released Mudbox 2022, the latest update to its digital sculpting software. It adds a new Windows installer.

Too minor an update even to have any documentation
Mudbox 2022 shipped alongside Autodesk’s annual updates to its other DCC applications: 3ds Max 2022, Maya 2022 and MotionBuilder 2022.

However, unlike them, it doesn’t add any new features: the only change listed in the online documentation is a new Windows installer. There isn’t even a list of bugfixes.

We asked Autodesk for more details and were told: “Mudbox 2022 is a minor release, and further documentation is not available.”

Only two new named features in almost two years
For Mudbox users, it’s the third minor release in a row, although Mudbox 2019.1 did at least improve UI scaling on 4K displays, and Mudbox 2020 added a ‘Send to Flame’ option.

That’s an even slower pace of development than the releases prior to Autodesk’s decision to “reinvest” in the software in 2017.

While that decision resulted in a couple of major updates – notably Mudbox 2018.2, with its new dynamic tessellation system – work now seems to have stopped again.

For comparison, in the period between the release of Mudbox 2019.1 and Mudbox 2022, Pixologic put out two major annual updates to ZBrush, and around 10 minor patches, all of them free to existing users.

Pricing and system requirements
Mudbox 2022 is available for Windows 10, CentOS/RHEL WS 7.6-7.8 and 8.2 Linux, and macOS 10.13+. The software is rental-only, with subscriptions now costing $10/month or $90/year, up $10/year.

See the online changelog for Mudbox 2022