Sorry if this is concealed by the NDA, but has there been any information on the functionality of companions? How good is their AI, is it programmable like in Dragon Age? Or are they as smart as the aforementioned hunter pet? I've read the big thread saying they will have action bars, including a Kit action etc.
Is content balanced around players using companions, is it significantly harder if you prefer to play w/o. I hope to find a companion that I like playing with, but in previous MMOs I've found them to be annoying at times when they go off doing stupid things. Sometimes you just want to dismiss the pet so you can kite/stealth without their interference.
Is there any publicly available information on how they work?