I totaly agree with skaven. As a long time max user, i@m use to these porly (1/2 ARSED) ideas intergrated into max. The thing is max was all about a solid base that you added to with plugins and scripts from the start. Wanted fluids, get fume. Wanted character anim, get charcter studio/bones pro/CAT (thanks soft!). Wanted archvis, get design version. It all seems now that auto desk want max to be a content generator for their other software.
You guys have nothing to worry about.