Valve's MOBA Dota 2 gains an anime series from Netflix

In a surprising move, Netflix has revealed that it is collaborating with Valve to produce an animated series. However, this will not be based on Valve works like Half-Life or Portal, instead, the studio's multiplayer online battle arena game (MOBA) Dota 2 is the universe that the show will be set in.

Titled DOTA: Dragon's Blood, the fantasy anime series will debut on Netflix starting on March 25. The eight-episode series is being animated by Studio Mir, the Korean animation studio that has previously produced Legend of Korra as well as other Netflix series like Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Here's how Netflix described the setting of the show, which should contain some familiar names for Dota 2 fans:

The upcoming fantasy series tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the world. Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the noble Princess Mirana on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.

“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,” said showrunner and executive producer Ashley Edward Miller, who has previously written for Fringe, Thor, X-Men: First Class, Andromeda, and Black Sails, among others.

Image from Dota Dragons Blood anime showing Davion and rest of the main cast

This is certainly an interesting development for the MOBA franchise that originally began as a modded game mode for Warcraft III before spinning off into a genre of its own with multiple games appearing from various studios. Also, this is not the only animated series that has spawned out of a MOBA title either, as League of Legends maker Riot is producing a show based on its own universe named Arcane.

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