Also, the concept of the Poptropican itself is going to change at a fundamental level. Something that's been virtually the same since the game's start in 2007. They've already given us shoes, which could actually be some sort of experiment into how players will react to the bigger change they're planning next year. We'll see some "new designs, new movements, and new looks for the Poptropican avatar," as well as an oft-requested feature: pets.
Some older news (again, sorry I took so long)...
Monkey Wrench Island has been released! This island is quite unique in that it's geared specifically towards newer players, focusing on teaching simple Poptropica skills. Yet it's still got the storyline and island development that old players are looking for in a new island. I haven't actually had time to play through it yet -- I know, shame on me -- but since it's very straightforward I think you guys will be fine if I don't make the walkthrough for a while.