DOTA: Dragon's Blood Book 2 confirmed, Valve-Netflix deal grows
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood hasn’t been forgotten. At least not by the people who made it.
The Dota 2-themed animated series that blew up among fans has been officially renewed for a second season. The news was announced on the official Dota 2 Twitter account:
Book 2 is coming! The second season of DOTA: Dragon's Blood is in the works.— DOTA 2 (@DOTA2) April 19, 2021
While you wait, revisit the story of the tournament that started it all — FREE TO PLAY is now available on @netflix with an updated end credit sequence. pic.twitter.com/CINeVNlheM
Very few other details were given on DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 2. No release date was given and it is unclear whether the second season will be released through Netflix, though this is likely to be confirmed in the near future. It is also possible that the format may change, as it was stated that a fair bit of content was trimmed from the first season of the show due to Netflix calling for shorter episodes.
It seems as though the previous production team for DOTA: Dragon's Blood is set to return for Book 2. Director Ashley Edward Miller shouted out the news, and Studio Mir was quick to retweet the news.
While this is exciting news, DOTA: Dragon's Blood Book 2 may not come out any time soon. The first season of the show was in the works for over two years and it could be a good while before fans find out the fates of Davion, Mirana, and Marci.
Valve-Netflix partnership to expand outside DOTA: Dragon’s Blood
Though Netflix wasn’t officially tagged as a part of the news when it comes to DOTA: Dragon’s Blood Book 2, it seems highly likely that the streaming service will be the one airing the show. That’s because the partnership between Valve and Netflix is expanding with Free to Play now officially airing on Netflix with extra content.
Free to Play is a documentary produced by Valve centered around The International 2011, which served as a coming-out party for Dota 2 at a time where the original Defense of the Ancients was still popular. It was also the first esports event to feature a prize pool worth over $1 million. It follows three players in Danil “Dendi” Ishutin, Clinton “Fear” Loomis, and Benedict "hyhy" Lim through the event and highlights the difficulties that esports hopefuls faced at the time.
Though Free to Play will be available on Netflix, the original remains available for free on Valve’s official YouTube channel. This could see other Valve series move to Netflix as well, including Dota 2’s True Sight series that shows the finals of The International in a new way that includes backstage footage and in-game comms between the teams.
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