Great news for fans of the Nik Collection of photo editing plugins: two months after DxO acquired the collection from Google, the company has publicly announced plans to release a brand new version of the Nik Collection in 2018.

The statement went out over Google Plus (go figure), where the DxO team welcomed the Nik community into the fold with the following announcement (emphasis added):

Dear Nik Collection users,

We at DxO are very pleased to welcome the Nik community! We wish you a very happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year: may you be inspired to take spectacular photos in 2018!

Like you, we are passionate about photography and image quality. That’s why we view this opportunity with Nik as a commitment to ensure that you — that all of us who enjoy taking photos — are guaranteed to have the very best solutions at our disposal.

You’ll be happy to know that our developers are enthusiastically working on a new version of the Nik Collection to be released in 2018!

The statement then goes on to entice Nik users to download DxO PhotoLab (formerly DxO OpticsPro), where they can once again take advantage of Nik's 'U Point technology' to edit their RAW and JPEG files.

Of course, none of this should be new information for dedicated DPReview users. We already knew that U Point was coming to DxO's own photo software, and DxO founder/CEO Jerome Meniere told us the company planned to develop a new "Nik Collection 2018" for mid-next year, but last week's public announcement that development is under way has photographers online buzzing this week.

Now, if only they'd tell us when exactly the new version will come one... and how much it will cost.