I'm not saying go back to the way they were, because those ships have passed, I'm saying press forward. They could have and still can, we'll see after the next NuTrek installment.
They aren't going back to the Prime continuity, they simply aren't going to spend a hundred-million dollars to tie the hands their new show-runners because a few hardcore fans can't let go.
Actually, no one can speak with any
certainty on this issue whatsoever unless they happen to run either CBS or Paramount.
If the next person after Abrams wants to revive the Prime continuity for TV, he or she will be allowed to do so because CBS isn't obsessing over continuity and other aspects of Trek trivia like only Trekkies are.