After approximately 3 years of advancements and upgrades, Yu Higuchi has announced that the latest version of MikuMikuDance will be the last version. Earlier this May, Higuchi updated the free 3D animation program to include support for .pmx models, which have greater functionality and customization than traditional .pmd models. It is partly because of the new models that Mr. Higuchi decided to end development, saying essentially there’s nothing left for him to do and that he leaves the future to the MMD Community.
This is rather sad news here at Vocaloidism, but only because we realize how far MMD has come from being just a single Miku model, to thousands of custom files that can be used simultaneously on high-spec computers and even the Kinect. We have even honored Mr. Higuchi’s work with a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this year. However, we respect and understand his decision and wish him the best in any future endeavors, MMD-related or otherwise.
The future is now in the hands of the MMD Community. Let’s make sure it’s brighter than Mr. Higuchi could have ever perceived.