This is cool, but not necessary news worthy. According to the normal cycle with most bands, thats when they should be working on a new one. In fact they should even be working on one now or soon if they wanna get one it out by sometime next yr.
Two years is definitely a normal album cycle...which, incidentally, is pretty fast for Simple Plan. Either way, I'm pumped to find out what this surprise is. Hopefully will tide us over until the new album.