Netflix and developer Valve have just announced they’re collaborating on a new anime series called DOTA: Dragon’s Blood. Based on the popular video game Dota 2, the anime will follow fire-breathing hero Davion, the Dragon Knight.
According to his Dota 2 backstory, Davion was asked by an old, dying dragon to grant him an honourable death in combat. When the knight obliged, the dragon used the last of its strength to imbue Davion with all his power and wisdom, turning Davion into the Dragon Knight and giving him the sick ability to transform into a giant flying reptile.
It says a lot that Dragon Knight is considered one of the dullest heroes in the game.
It’s currently unclear whether the series will be an origin story or follow some other part of Davion’s life. Either way, the mere existence of this series is a significant step for Valve — and a big surprise to fans. While competitor Riot Games has historically been aggressive in growing League of Legends‘ brand, Valve is infamous for being markedly more muted in its efforts. A full-blown Netflix anime series wasn’t something players thought was even on the cards — much less arriving in just over a month.
DOTA: Dragon’s Blood premieres on Netflix on Mar. 25.