Subscription users are able to download 3ds Max 2011 from the subscription site now.
Though no announcement has been made yet by Autodesk, 3ds Max 2011 has become available for download for subscription users.
Some of the new features of 3ds Max 2011:
Slate Material Editor
More easily visualize and edit material component relationships with Slate, a new node-based editor that helps significantly improve workflow and productivity for creating and editing complex material networks.
Quicksilver Hardware Renderer
Create higher-fidelity pre-visualizations, animatics, and games-related marketing materials in less time with Quicksilver, an innovative new hardware renderer that uses both the CPU and the GPU to help produce higher-quality images at incredible speeds.
Local Edits to Containers
Collaborate more efficiently with significantly enhanced workflows for Containers that enable you to meet tight deadlines by working in parallel: multiple users can layer local edits nondestructively on top of referenced content, working simultaneously on different aspects of the same container.
Viewport Display of Autodesk 3ds Max Materials
Develop and refine scenes in a higher-fidelity interactive display environment that enables you to help make better decisions in context with the new ability to view most 3ds Max texture maps and materials in the viewport.
3ds Max Composite
Enhance rendered passes and incorporate them into live action footage with 3ds Max Composite: a fully featured, high-performance, HDR-capable compositor, based on technology from Autodesk Toxik software.
In-Context Direct Manipulation UI
Save time when modeling and maintain focus on the creative task at hand with a new in-context UI for polygon modeling tools that enables you to more interactively manipulate properties and enter values directly at the point of interest in the viewport.
More easily create and manage characters, and layer, load, save, remap, and mirror animations with CAT. Now fully integrated into 3ds Max, CAT provides an out-of-the-box advanced rigging and animation system.
Focus on the features that matter most for specialized workflows with customizable UI layouts that enable you to store personalized configurations that include frequently used action items and macro scripts.
Save to Previous Release
Manage the transition to the Autodesk 3ds Max 2011 release with the option to save scene files in a format compatible with the 2010 version
Chaos Group should also be making a 3ds Max 2011 build of V-Ray available soon.