Netflix has announced it is releasing a new anime based on DOTA, the immensely popular MOBA game from Valve, titled “DOTA: Dragon’s Blood.” Check out the trailer in the tweet below.
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The 8-episode anime series will release globally on March 25.
Handling animation is Studio MIR, the South Korean company responsible for The Legend of Korra, Voltron: Legendary Defender, Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, and Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge.
The series will focus on several established DOTA characters, including the Dragon Knight Davion and moon princess Mirana. Davion, a warrior dedicated to wiping out the Scourge faction, encounters an ancient dragon race known as eldwurms, and is eventually dragged into a greater conflict alongside Mirana.
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Serving as showrunner and executive producer is Ashley Edward Miller, screenplay co-writer on X-Men: First Class and Thor. Miller also produced on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Fringe, and Black Sails.
“Fans will love how we’ve imagined the DOTA 2 universe and woven together an epic, emotional, and adult-oriented story about some of their favorite characters,” Miller said in a press release. “The cinematic animation, acting and music are simply next level and I’m grateful to Valve for supporting our creative ambitions.”
It’s not a bad time to be an animated adaptation of a popular video game series, at least on Netflix. Castlevania season 3 managed to impress enough to merit a season 4 renewal, plus the Witcher is getting animated adaptation to go alongside its hugely popular live-action series. Netflix has also locked down a deal with Ubisoft on animated Assassin’s Creed adaptations. You can read our thoughts on why Netflix is the future of video game adaptations here.
As a franchise, DOTA needs little introduction. DOTA 2 has spurred one of the largest fanbases in all of gaming, with 11 million players on Steam last month, according to Statista. It’s annual championship, the International, is also watched by tens of millions of viewers. We here at IGN have called it one of the top 10 most addicting online games, as well as one of the top 25 modern PC games of all time.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/bungler for IGN.