Maxon is in a pretty fucked situation.
Their price is the same league as Maya, Max, but they are way behind the competition in pretty much all disciplines (except Motion graphics).
They had 2 weak releases back to back, a lot of trouble with customers over their render farm managing and licensing, most of the customer base is not amused.
The whole 3D world made fun about Maxon and their Cogwheel feature in R17.
If their next release does not deliver big time, they'll bleed and become >>520553>>520554
Yeah it does have a great interface, but xpresso is old,lame and cumbersome, the interface of xpresso is the ugliest node system i've ever seen in a DCC.
Lets hope the core rewrite goes fast and they'll get up on their feet again.