I've had the intent multiple times today to make a sarcastic, angry or trolling thread about SWTOR. I also contemplated making a long thorough explanation about what I went through today and what my findings were. In the end I decided not to on all of them cause I'm not like that in nature and a wall of text helps noone.
So let me say it without rancour in a concise way: I think getting decent info about this game is too damn hard and the NDA is a contemptable mechanic that may very well backfire on the game. In fact I'm kinda hoping it does backfire in some way, cause if all companies were like this we'd still be in the dark ages.
I got paranoid at some point and wondered if they were hiding some enormous gaping class and gameplay flaws, but figured even with the NDA something like that would have probably come out. But if they are not sitting on a major disaster, than what the hell have they got to hide? The cynic in me wonders if they have stipulated a plan that they are going to only create massive hype in the last few weeks and ride that hype and the strength of the name to a decent number of initial sales cause they think that that is more important (short term getting their money back) than it is to create a lasting SW-MMO that has a decent future and can compete with WoW. I dread thinking that this tactic may work and other companies start copying it. We need more open info about games, not less.
For me in the end, not being able to find an answer to the simple question: which spec/class is/are the ranged dps one(s)? led me to give up on my search for that info, and also on the game. Cause I don't want anything to do with a company that hides thier game behind an NDA for this long and prevents me from getting info about a game they expect me to want to buy in less than 2 months. If I can't find out about a game beforehand and it is expected of me that I buy in to the initial hype and not contemplate what I want to do in the game and what I can expect then I say, no thank you, you can keep your game.
I may or may not look in to info about the game once it's launched and the real reviews start rolling in and I can hear positive and negative info about it, but for now at least, I won't be bothering with it any more. I tried to get interested in this game, and come away thoroughly disappointed.