I'm thinking this is simply a lead in to a Romulan Featured Series, which leads me to a thought;
What if Season 8, for lack of a better term, actually brings the KDF up to par with the Federations, in so far as being able to level from 1-50. And that this Featured Series, if that is what it is, is the lead in to the Romulan Faction being released in Season 9.
Do I honestly think this is what is going to happen? No, not really. But I can dream, and it would be REALLY cool if it were true.