...considering the current attitude of TPTB is that 'everything is part of the one cohesive canon' nowadays, anyone else wondering if this might wind up telling the story of how the post-Endor remnants* of the Empire became the First Order? And, by extension, that Commander Iden Versio was pivotal in making that happen - after all, the First Order does use a bit more red and black than the old Empire...
I'm also wondering if the name 'First Order' isn't along the lines of 'the Ninth Fleet' or whatever, but more a symbolic reference to 'the first order' given by the Imperial higher-ups in the wake of the Emperor's death. Bit like how 'Section 31' in Star Trek sounds like the 31st section of whichever organisation, but is actually a nod to 'article 14, section 31' of the original Earth Starfleet charter, which is the bit that allows for standard rules to be bent/overruled in the event of an extraordinary threat (which is why Section 31 is an 'ends justify the means' fringe group dedicated to protecting human interests at any cost).
Right on the money. From Aftermath: Empire's End:
"It's time to start over," she says to Hux [the elder]. That is our first order. To begin again. And to get it right, this time.
"Yes, of course, Grand Admiral. Glory be to Grand Admiral Sloane."
"No," she says. "Glory only to the Empire."
My Empire, she thinks.
The connections to Aftermath and Shattered Empire are some of the nuggets that made me most excited when the full trailer came out. In one of the shots, you can see the Emperor's Sentinel droid, one of the messengers sent out after Sheev's death to relay his final orders. The "Resistance. Rebellion..." speech in the trailer is from that, and it's a variant of a similar message captain Duvat received in Shattered Empire. Then you can also clearly see shots from the battle of Jakku, which means that we'll finally get to see it in all its glory and not just through descriptions in the novels or as a pretty skybox. And then you have all the other connections to SW lore (Iden's recon droid!).
So, Rae Sloane has to be in this game, or I will riot.
Anyway, if you watch the panel, there's very interesting talk about how the writers worked closely with both the Story Group and Christie Golden to make the most of the opportunities the shared universe offers. It's great stuff.
I wonder how much time will the game really cover too. Jakku and the Unknown Regions exodus is a clear finale material, where you can then just do a time skip and do a cinematic epilogue 30 years later, but they've already confirmed a Kylo Ren episode in the story campaign too, which gives me hope that we'll get to see much more of the First Order. I just wish they won't go the obvious route and make Iden betray the FO after Snoke takes over. It would be so easy to push the narrative that the FO are complete unredeemable villains that even the "good" imperials don't want anything to do with. That's just lazy. But, like you said, that the writer of Spec Ops is on board carries a promise of a bit more nuance. We'll see, I guess.