We got an update late yesterday from Gab Amatangelo, Lead PVP Designer, on the upcoming ranked warzones in a new blog post.
Also introduced in this build is Warzone group persistence. In other words, when you queue up as a group of up to four for normal Warzones or as a full team group of eight for Ranked Warzones, you will remain in that group at the conclusion of the match. We completely agree with you that this feature was needed for Warzones and is especially required for the Ranked Warzones feature when dealing with a full team group of eight players. We are excited to see the tech in place for it in Game Update 1.3.
Ranked Warzones will award Ranked Warzone Commendations instead of regular Warzone Commendations at the conclusion of matches. Additionally, every player will have a ‘Team Rating’ that can be seen on the Warzone queue window, character page, and on the ‘Who’ list by all other players if it is a high rating. Ranked Warzone Commendations are still used to purchase the best PvP gear and Ratings remain requirements for gear and vehicles with unique appearances.
This is a long awaited feature for many players. A common theme to most players is that they really enjoy the PVP in SWTOR. Finally bringing a competitive nature outside individual warzones is a fantastic step forward. We can’t wait to see what comes from this.