A very harried Amos told me earlier today that testing on 1.5 is going well, and we're aiming for a release date "very early in December". He wouldn't commit himself any further than that, and there's only so much threatening I can do on your behalf from 5000 miles away.
He did, however, let slip that the long awaited sword fighting pack will be released "in time for Christmas", and that before that, there will be an "Indian pack" that's been ready to go for a while, just waiting on some code that's in the new release. That will include some interior and exterior sets, plus a few costumes - acha hai!
I'll try to get the guys to snap a couple of screenshots of the new stuff when they're not so busy, and we'll post them for you here.