On the 16th of September Alycat made the following statement on their facebook page.
As discussed here previously, and supported unanimously by all who replied, the latest version of Alycat (2017) is being offered on a licence model. The initial purchase price has been reduced to $299US, The annual licence fee is $52US. Initial purchase includes one year licence, so in effect purchase is now $247US. Upgrade prices have been reduced (to $89US from 9.5), with a special offer if combined with a licence (upgrade before 31st December this year and buy a one year licence for only $30US). Payment of the annual licence fee entitles users to ALL upgrades released during the licence period (one year) at NO COST, together with support, access to the Alycat Online Entry System and the new Licensed Alycat Users group on Facebook.
It certainly is a move away from the old model of a flat fee or upgrade fee for each version. Ironically it is somewhat similar to what Microsoft themselves now do with Office 365 where you pay an annual fee and get any upgrades, updates etc to the software along the way. How it works out price wise comparatively for clubs I have yet to look at myself.
Details can also be found on the Alycat website here http://www.alycat.com/AlycatRC/WebSite/Purchase.html