As is usually the case, a franchise is usually available in different forms of media, as one type of media often inspires the creation of another type, whether it’s a novel series, a movie or TV series, to video games, among others. The Witcher series would be a great example for this—the original fantasy novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski inspired the creation of the video games, which also led to the creation of the now popular TV series.
Although movies that are adapted from video games miss the sweet spot most often than not, this doesn’t seem to be the case with TV show adaptations. This can be seen in the way the Castlevania animated series was a popular hit, whereas the recent Monster Hunter film featuring Milla Jovovich wasn’t considered to be that great.
That being said, Valve Corporation recently announced that it will be collaborating with Netflix to release a Dota 2 anime, much to the fans’ surprise. The highly popular MOBA by Valve was first released back in 2013, and it was inspired by the Defense of the Ancients (DotA) custom map found in Blizzard’s Warcraft 3.
Even though it has been out for how many years now, Dota 2 is still considered to be one of the most popular MOBA games out there—even until today. At this point, the developer has introduced all kinds of new updates and features to Dota 2, with the game having more than a hundred playable heroes at this point in time. The MOBA title’s steadfast popularity in an industry with other popular titles like League of Legends and Heroes of the Storm is actually quite impressive.
In other news, Netflix and Valve have announced the existence of DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, which is an upcoming animated series based on Dota 2 and will therefore be set in its world. Along with the exciting news is an announcement trailer, and while nothing of significance takes place in the aforementioned trailer, it offers a couple of key details.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood will follow the Dragon Knight, Davion, and his exciting adventures. Dedicated Dota 2 fans will be familiar with this character, as he’s one of the Strength Heroes in the popular MOBA game. The trailer is only a few seconds short, so it doesn’t feature much—however, it does show Davion fight a dragon. The first season of the upcoming animated series will have 8 episodes, and it will air next month on March 25, 2021.
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It appears that Davion will also be crossing paths with Princess Mirana in the anime, who is another playable hero in Dota 2’s roster of characters. Ashley Edward Miller, the executive producer of the upcoming show, said that DOTA: Dragon’s Blood will be “an epic, emotional and adult-oriented story.”
As such, fans are wondering if the series will have a TV-MA rating like the Castlevania animated series. While there’s no confirmation just yet about this regard, fans believe that this will likely be the case. What’s more, DOTA: Dragon’s Blood will be animated by none other than Studio MIR, who also worked on other popular animated shows like The Legend of Korra.
Needless to say, many Dota 2 fans, old and new alike, will be looking forward to March 25 when the show premieres.