Dota 2’s big update goes live tomorrow. Here’s what’s in it.

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Dota 2’s big update goes live tomorrow. Here’s what’s in it.

Monkey King, a brand new Dota 2 character teased back in August, headlines a comprehensive update arriving tomorrow for Valve's free-to-play MOBA. Changes to Dota 2's game interface, gameplay, and a talent tree for heroes, also are forthcoming.

The talent tree is probably the broadest-reaching gameplay update in Dota 2 version 7.00. With it, players can select talents for their heroes at levels 10, 15, 20 and 25 to equip them with new augmentations to their powers and abilities. As it is a skill tree, each skill taken opens a new branch, and once taken, other branches are no longer available to the hero.

Dota 2’s 7.00 update announcement breaks Dota 2’s official site

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Dota 2’s 7.00 update announcement breaks Dota 2’s official site

Dota 2 was supposed to reveal what is in version 7.00 — it’s been 11 years since version 6.00 — at noon today but, 30 minutes later, the site is still crashed, presumably by all the interest.

The update was announced last night at the finals of the Boston Major, in a way overshadowing the very compelling 3-1 championship won by OG over Ad Finem. But right now, we can’t tell you what’s coming in the 7.00 patch. Other than this guy (rimshot)

Crytek employees say they’re not being paid, again

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Crytek employees say they’re not being paid, again

Crytek is once again facing complaints that it isn't paying its workers, with some alleging they have not seen a paycheck in more than a month.

The complaints have appeared on social media and have spread through Reddit, all alleging delays and irregularities in meeting payroll over the past six months. In some cases, workers say they currently have not been paid in more than a month.

Watch two bears beat the crap out of each other in Tekken 7

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Watch two bears beat the crap out of each other in Tekken 7

Tekken 7 has confirmed that Kuma and his unrequited crush, Panda, will be part of the roster on Tekken 7 when it makes its console debut next year.

The announcement came at the King of Iron Fist 2016 Grand Finals in Tokyo last night. Producer Katsuhiro Harada said that the two characters will be distinct, not just a palette swap, with their own move sets and Rage Arts.

Pokémon Go’s nearby tracker undergoes another change in worldwide expansion

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Pokémon Go’s nearby tracker undergoes another change in worldwide expansion

The updated version of Pokémon Go’s local Pokémon tracker is now available to players across the globe, and with it comes some additional changes meant to appease those who didn’t love the new feature when it first launched. While Pokémon Go fans acknowledge that Niantic, the game’s developer, is listening to their complaints, the revised Nearby Pokémon tracker doesn’t seem to have squashed them all.

“To provide a better experience when searching for Pokémon in the real world, we have also made some changes to the way the Nearby Pokémon feature functions when there are only a few PokéStops in range,” the development team wrote in a blog post.

Majesco merges with medical technology company, exits games business

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Majesco merges with medical technology company, exits games business

Majesco Entertainment is finished as a video game publisher — the company has merged with PolarityTE, a company developing tissue regeneration technology, the two firms announced yesterday.

Although a news release from Majesco indicated that Polarity will become a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of Majesco following the closing of the deal, it also said that Majesco will go forward under the Polarity name. The post-merger firm Polarity, which will be based in Salt Lake City, currently retains Majesco’s iconic stock symbol on the Nasdaq exchange: COOL.

Report: Britain needs gamers to fly drones in combat

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Report: Britain needs gamers to fly drones in combat

A retired commander in Britain’s Royal Air Force thinks gamers could make excellent combat drone pilots, The Guardian reports. Retired air marshal Greg Bagwell testified before a parliamentary group that the RAF should consider recruiting “18 and 19-year olds straight out of the PlayStation bedroom.”

The RAF, which maintains a fleet of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems MQ-9 “Reaper” drones for use in the Middle East and other theaters, is suffering from a shortage of qualified pilots, Bagwell said. Both the U.S. and its allies generally recruit drone operators from the ranks of traditional fixed and rotary wing pilots. According to Bagwell, the psychological demands of the role have lead to a tremendous attrition in the force. Some had even “quit due to mental stress or illness,” the Guardian reports.