I sincerely doubt it's intentional too, by all accounts the two were as close as it gets, but that is no guarantee you won't misread the material. The Dune sequels were made by Frank's son and they still managed to miss everything about the originals except there being worms in pseudo-feudal space.
As for publisher decisions, If they were going for a more high-paying approach, the least bad move would've been to start a new series for the Continuation and give them latitude to write an actual manga. Beyond the weaknesses of story, theme and art, the halfway nature of the continuation episodes where they're a broad strokes summary of what Miura told Mori but also a functional comic of their own has left it worse than committing to either approach.
That's the thing, though. Mori already has two manga of his own he's working on, and another one ready to go after that. He neither needs nor wants to write his own Berserk story, and that's a honorable decision for which he has my deepest respect. That aside, like I said earlier in the thread, I personally don't think letting someone other than Miura make up their own story would be an improvement. It would just push the project from half-denatured to 100% illegitimate.