Interesting topic, this Marker design change. After much consternation and over analysis, here are my conclusions.
After the K2 Corporation acquired Marker and Volkl, the bean counters decided that these two companies were underperforming financially.
The Marker Biometric toe was typical German engineering, high performance, lots of parts, and expensive to build. The Biometric toe also had a bad reputation for "pre-release" in some circles, namely the freestyle community (those that ski backwards and land big airs in the backseat). I never had any issues with this toe, and on the binding test bench (using the Vermont Calibrater), these are the gold standard, and I still strongly believe that this is the safest toe design around. The Marker Royal Family bindings are a much simpler and lighter design with older technology, my guess is that they are at least 50% cheaper to build than the biometric and twin cam bindings. The wholesale and retails prices remain the same or more, so more profit for the coporation. Kind of like making skis in China at a fraction of the cost of making them in the USA or Germany and charging the same wholesale and retail prices for them. There are also no "pre-release" issues with the new design, and they are probably laterally stiffer than the biometric toe. But, I don't like their release characteristics at all. IMO, Marker went from the safest binding on the market to one of the worst (as far as safety). Does it matter? I guess that I'm not sure, I don't think that the binding will protect the knee, regardless of technology, because we are probably subjecting this joint to more stresses than it was designed to handle anyway.
Funny thing though, the ski binding market used to be about safety and performance, now not so much. Now, it is all about, wide brakes, light weight, low stand height and retention, retention, retention. I can't tell you how common it is to hear "I don't want to come out of my bindings at all". The Marker people also tell me that the Biometric/Twin Cam bindings weren't selling at all, and that they are killing right now with the Royal Family bindings. I still have quite a few Biometric/Twin Cam models that I bought from Marker for my customers that want safety and performance (ie lift, piston dampeners, plates that don't interfere with ski flex etc). But alas, the market doesnt' feel that way, and the Royal Family bindings will continue to be successful for Marker. I for one, am going to keep skiing the biometric/twin cam design, because I think that they are safer, but what do I know, I only function test about 500 pair of bindings a season.