Today the NDA lifted on information pertaining to the Closed Test PTS environment, and with it I would like to present as much information as possible. This is a catch-all post that I will use to sort out the various preview information, as well as bring back some previous content from my time spent during the Public PTS. Also, please be aware that I focused largely on the newer systems and overall experience without getting too specific in any one area; the idea here is to give you an overview, with more specific guides to follow in the near future. For the guides I have available at the moment, hit the jump; and there will likely be more in the future, so bookmark this page!
EDIT: Also, please find patch notes for today's maintenance here.
**Please note that there are mild to moderate spoilers in the articles below. I will indicate the level of spoiler present in each feature, and you can browse at your own risk** - Vox
Guide: Macrobinocular Overview
Overview Guide for Macrobinocular Missions (moderate spoilers)
Preview Video for Macrobinocular Usage (mild spoilers)
Guide: Seeker Droid Overview
Overview Guide for Seeker Droid Missions (moderate spoilers)
Preview Video for Seeker Droid Usage (mild spoilers, if any)
Guide: Imperial Mission Introduction
Imperial Mission Preview: Part 1 - To Pierce the Heavens **Please note that this Preview/Guide also features the amenities available on both Makeb's Orbital Station as well as one of the first mission hubs you happen upon. This includes reputation vendors and gear, as well as other features. Scroll toward the bottom to avoid major spoilers. I'll include a gallery of the gear below in case you don't want to risk it.** - Vox
Video: Imperial Mission "Recruitment Day" - This one is obviously pretty heavy on spoilers, but is about 20 minutes or so of a mission; I wanted to give you an idea of how a normal mission is paced. There will be other examples in the future as well, this is just a taste.
Map of Makeb
This is mostly to give you an idea of the scale of Makeb; it's pretty huge. Each circular area below represents a pretty robust questing area, and this doesn't include the many underground areas, as well as interior locations. Overall, there's quite a bit of real estate here.
Makeb Achievement Gallery
This gallery will serve as a preview of sorts for the achievements present on Makeb. I'll do an official writeup in the next day or so, and eventually have a guide covering how to complete each step. For now, this is just to present the specific challenges on Makeb.
Operations Preview: Scum and Villainy
This is from a bit ago, and features my first hand experience with Scum and Villainy; for those that haven't seen it yet, it should give you a good idea of what to expect from the new Operation.
Arkanian and Underworld Gear Galleries
Here you'll find the items for both the Elite and Ultimate Vendors on your fleet. The items here are Imperial, but the stats are lateral.
Bounty Hunter / Trooper Gear Gallery:
Sith Inquisitor / Jedi Consular Gear Gallery:
Sith Warrior / Jedi Knight Gear Gallery:
Imperial Agent / Smuggler Gear Gallery:
Finally, these are just to showcase some of the various screenshots I've taken during my time on the Closed Test PTS. Enjoy! Also, as a final note, please let me know what you folks might like to see in the near future and I'll do my best to accomodate.