SOE has been giving away some Everquest Next secrets at this month's SOE Live convention, including three of the 40 (!) different classes players will be able to choose from.
In addition combat sounds a little like that of Wildstar, in that smart body positioning, timing and good aim seem to be the orders of the day.
Also you'll have to bear in mind that terrain and buildings are fully destructible, so smashing the hell out of everything might seem like a good idea until the gatehouse you're in falls on your head. Interestingly you'll be able to set up some nice combinations to make the most out of this; SOE use the example of an Ice Mage freezing his surroundings to make it easier for the big Warrior to smash them into pieces.
Ah yes, the three new classes. The first thing is to mention that picking a class isn't a one-time thing in Everquest Next. Instead you'll be able to switch between those 40 classes depending on the situation at hand. The Cleric, as you might expect, is essentially a support class, although he's perfectly capable of wading into melee. The Elementalist is your spell-slinging mage, specialising in controlling and changing the environment. The Tempest is going to be the striker charging full-pelt at people with lightning-fused weaponry.
There's a few more juicy bits of information in the full article. Everquest Next is coming to PC and PS4 sometime in the future, though there's no release date as yet.