On the plus side of Hivewire closing and joining Rendo is that many of their products MAY join the Poser content downloads. We already have Dusk and Dawn. Maybe Dusk and Dawn 2 in Poser 12?
One great plus if they went down that route is that the Poser developers could concentrate on improving how Posers actually works rather than spend time on figure development. I think they have done well with Poser 12 by really improving the support of cycles in Superfly and also opening up the possibility of GPU rendering to a wider audience along with a number of other improvements.