They could at least have exchanged ideas among the writers.
Unfortunately they did
Though, probably not in a way you meant it. I happen to play Smuggler story back to back with agent. And seeing re-use of the same location and same idea (with worse implementation) added a lot to my disappointment with the smugglers story.
To be honest, Smugglers story feels to me like Hall Hood (the author of smuggler's and JK story) abandoned smuggler after Chapter 1, and the rest was a badly combined ideas from Agent"s and BH stories. Or like everyone added something without revising the result. (Sorry, just finished it and venting my disappointment. Truly you have to play the Agent last, or you will find too many flaws in the rest of the stories)