I cannot really tell from what is being said but I hope they do this for Rakata / Battlemaster level gear also, so we can swap mods and shift the secondary stats around. He clearly states we can move set bonuses around.
Important for those who like to customise everything about their gear, including the looks but also the mods inside:
Below is quoted material from Emmanuel Lusinchi.
The current situation with end game gear and item modifications isn’t final and, in fact, many community members like yourself have correctly guessed at what our plans to correct the current design are.
Since this is a fairly important issue to many players, let me disclose more details about what is currently in the work regarding purple items and mods:
- All partially moddable purple items will be made fully moddable again, allowing the removal of the armoring, hilt and barrel.
- The set bonus of end gear purples (PVP and PVE) will be transferable to custom items.
- Some item modifications will be restricted to a certain item type. For example, some item modifications will only fit on helmets, while other will only fit on chests, etc.
As usual, the caveats about unfinished work apply, but this should give you and the community a very good idea of our intentions. We are serious about making custom gear an entirely valid alternative to end game gear and we support the players’ ability to customize their appearance all the way to (and including) end game.
Technical Design Director
Star Wars: The Old Republic