Yeah, it's very deliberate. If it were the case that Asuka's role is very small in 3.0, then it's an intentional bait and switch with the marketing. Which, yeah I mean it's Anno, so anything's possible. But even so, not being Japanese means I'm not as captive an audience for that trick to work.
If her role is meant to be very small what would be the point of having her survive Bardiel for that matter?