While it has been rather quiet on the EQN news front, Landmark is pushing for something big. Their blueprint show that they are expecting to have PVE combat starting December. It's not just static either, Shayalan from EQHammer put up a nice article talking about the items expected to come out in December. The blue print on Landmarks forums re-enforce this idea.
Smokejumper has stated that they are planning on having a complete gameplay loop by the end of the year where you can go fight monsters, gather loot, advance your power level of your character, and much more.