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The double whammy was a bit unusual as the Exo suit was approved several cycles back but kept getting delayed for whatever reason. Come to think of it, releasing both at once could have had something to do with the limited stock - they may have had to share the production capacity between both sets
Now that they are "caught up", I expect they will stick more rigidly to the three times per year
It depends if anything gets approved. Like from the last batch none of the ideas were approved, so it is not as automatic as releasing new sets three times a year. If none of the models match their criteria and fit their business model, there will be no new sets.
My guess is that if that happens more than a couple of times per review period they will tighten up the program, update their requirements, etc., to make sure that models that get voted on do actually have the potential of becoming LEGO sets.