There may be contrasts to draw in the potential response to the release of the Para 3 and the Shaman, however.
the Para 3 ticks a lot more "legal length" boxes than the PM2, and there may have been significant market demand for a smaller version for those living in restricted length areas. It was also received to near-universal acclaim by the various opinion-makers.
The Shaman, by contrast, goes beyond 3.5 inches (immediately excluding both the 3" and 3.5" legal length limit markets) and while pocket-friendly, is a significant presence both in the hand and when clipped. It released at a lower price point to positive buzz (PM2 killer?), but then very quickly underwent a significant price increase that caused a bunch of opinion-makers to move it to the 'not a good value for money' category.
Seen in this light, I can understand Spyderco's hesitation to backload a bunch of sprints and exclusives on a knife with an inherently limited market, no pent up appeal, and frankly lukewarm initial reception.
EDC Rotation: PITS, Shaman, CF S90v Shaman, Ikuchi, Amalgam, CruCarta Shaman, DLC Lil Native, Sage 5 LW, 4V Shaman, Watu, Rex 45 Shaman, Rex 45 Lil Native, Caribbean Sheepsfoot CQI, Tanto PM2, Serrated Shaman
Always in Pocket: Hawkbill Dragonfly 2 H1
Fixed Blades: Proficient, Junction, Waterway
Special and Sentimental: Southard, Smallfly G10, Squarehead LW, Ouroboros, Calendar Para 3 LW, 40th Anniversary Native, Calendar Watu
Would like to own again: Currently N/A!
Wishlist: Smallfly 2, CQI SpyderEdge Caribbean Sheepsfoot, Shaman Sprints!