The landscaping is coming along, especially in regard to the quality of the trees. Populating the world is a different matter, however. The creatures have moved on to the modeling stage, and the concept team is also working hard at building up the city of Thaal. Lore, audio, and even ocean wave simulations are all in the works as well.
The newsletter also contains a link to the recent game livestreams as well as a note about Gamer Safety Week.
[Thanks to Flint for the tip!]