Maya 2025 review: lacks innovation but a solid update

Does this year's animation, modelling, simulation and rendering toolset impress?

Maya 2025 review; a 3d render of a dinosaur
(Image: © Damien Guimoneau)

Our Verdict

Maya lacks major new features, with maybe the exception of Smart Extrude, and there’s no shortage of improvements to a range of different tools. Iterative updates are needed, but innovation goes a long way to keeping artists excited.

For

  • More automated tools
  • Faster modelling processes
  • Rigging improvements

Against

  • Lack of game-changing features
  • Still very highly priced

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Maya 2025 features

Price $1,875 / £1,970 annual, $235 / £245 monthly
Company
Autodesk
New features
Smart Extrude, Bevel Filtering Attributes and Boolean intersections as a bevel input, revised Motion Traits system, Dope Sheet improvements, Arnold for Maya v.5.4.0, USD for Maya v.0.27, updates to Substance, Bifrost and more.

Autodesk's 3ds Max is an industry standard set of tools for 3D modelling, animation, sims and rendering that is already crammed with superb tools, so where can it go? As is common with most established 3D applications and the best 3D modelling software there’s little added to the 3ds Maya 2025 that wasn't in Maya 2024, so it doesn't change the game for artists, but remains a must-use suite of tools.

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The Verdict
4

out of 10

Maya 2025

Maya lacks major new features, with maybe the exception of Smart Extrude, and there’s no shortage of improvements to a range of different tools. Iterative updates are needed, but innovation goes a long way to keeping artists excited.

Paul Hatton
Writer

Paul is a digital expert. In the 20 years since he graduated with a first-class honours degree in Computer Science, Paul has been actively involved in a variety of different tech and creative industries that make him the go-to guy for reviews, opinion pieces, and featured articles. With a particular love of all things visual, including photography, videography, and 3D visualisation Paul is never far from a camera or other piece of tech that gets his creative juices going. You'll also find his writing in other places, including Creative Bloq, Digital Camera World, and 3D World Magazine.