Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity
This would imply (at least to me) that lucasarts is trying to lend some truth, wiehgt, substance, etc. to palpatine's statement in AOTC. "I will not let this republic that has stood for a thousand years be split in two..." Like the republic officially shattered, but remnants in large numbers still remain and are trying to reassemble it--but won't until around the period just prior to jedi vs sith. Maybe this could be the plot or it could be a supporting factor (as in it already happened).
Technically, that was retconned with the Ruusan reformation
, so i doubt we'll be seeing any mention of that.
As for the question: I prefer a new character all the way, with references to the outcome of KotOR and TSL, but without having to play Revan and /or Exile. Seeing them is not necesary either, but it wouldn't bother me if we did