I am not doing market research, I am mainly taking decision on the feeling I have of what could be interesting and how people "play" Less reading their opinion than more simply observing the situation. Today, half a million people play TrackMania each week. This may be 100 times the first TM. You have site like http://www.trackmania.cl or http://www.trackmania.cn that are new to the community. This is difficult to follow and different from the FragMag time. I am trying to make identity places, and I made more effort for ET over the last year than the first years.Of course, you're running a business so you're probably doing market research and such to make choices, instead of listening to a random poster on an internet forum, but most people still like to give opinions ^^
To answer him, I would say that to make the first 7 environments brings a higher percentage of content every time that is new to people. But the 8th environment was less meaningful at that moment. Now, I agree with Zooz. I would prefer one new environment, well done and really modern, than 3 averages. And this is also the reason why I stopped toy and moon. They were going to be forgettable ones and not last forever.
As for the future, we will see. I just think it will be cool to be around. But who knows, maybe Nadeo is a bad company ^_^