Perpetual Licensing Changes

Simul8 licenses are now subscription-based - learn about what's changing and how we're continuing to support our valued perpetual users.

What's changing?

We want to ensure that you, and organizations new to simulation, have affordable, flexible and easy access to Simul8.

As a result of customer feedback, we are now offering Simul8 on an annual subscription basis and no longer offer perpetual licenses. A Simul8 subscription gives every Simul8 user the ability to build, run and share simulations across both desktop and the web. Every subscription user will also get access to the same rich feature set, regular feature releases, free online training and dedicated support.

Our valued existing customers with Simul8 Basic or Professional perpetual licenses, either standalone or networked, are being moved to subscription and Account Managers will be in touch to discuss in due course.

If you would like to add additional seats to your current Simul8 suite, please contact our team.

Our commitment to you

We will work closely with our valued existing customers to make the transition from perpetual licenses to subscription as smooth as possible. We know you'll have questions about these changes, so please take a look at the FAQs section below for more detailed information.

If you have any other questions at all, our team are here to help so please get in touch.


How do Simul8 subscriptions work?

An annual subscription provides access to both Simul8 for desktop and the web. You'll enjoy the same full, feature-rich software with regular updates, as well as the ability to share your simulations. You'll also continue to have the option of purchasing plug-ins of OptQuest and Stat-fit for desktop.

What products are affected?

We have discontinued the sale of new perpetual licenses of all products from our website.

Does this affect existing software purchased under a perpetual license?

If you already own a perpetual license, you can continue to use these in accordance with the perpetual license agreement.

How will Simul8 ease the transition for existing customers?

Our Account Managers will be in touch to discuss what works best for your organisations' simulation needs and to ensure the transition has no impact on your current users.

I have an existing Simul8 network license, can I add licenses to this network?

If you wish to add licenses to an existing network server deployment, you will be able to purchase additional licenses for your network by contacting our team.

How will subscription impact my Annual Maintenance account?

Annual Maintenance has been discontinued and all users are being moved to subscription. If you have an active Annual Maintenance account, you will be contacted by an Account Manager to discuss your options.

I have an existing Simul8 Professional 2020 perpetual license and my colleague has a subscription license. When I share a model and vice versa are there any compatibility issues?

Provided you are both using the latest version of the software there will be no compatibility issues. However, if the perpetual license is not based on our latest release (Simul8 2023), there may be some compatibility issues with the features your colleague has used with the subscription version. Subscriptions will always be on the latest release of Simul8.

How will these changes affect education customers?

Students and educators will continue to have free access and free upgrades for educational use.

Dedicated to your success with Simul8

We’ll always go above and beyond to deliver unparalleled levels of support and expertise to you. If there’s anything you need, reach out to the team.

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