The Legend of Vox Machina seasons 2 and 3 are now in production, with the hit Critical Role animated series set to release in January 2023.

Is the curse of the video/tabletop game – television adaptation officially broken? First came Castlevania, before the likes of Arcane and DOTA: Dragon’s Blood took the game-TV adaptations to a new level.

Now, we have Critical Role and Amazon Studios to thank for the utterly-fantastic Dungeons & Dragons-inspired animated series, The Legend of Vox Machina.

The series ran from January 28th to February 18th earlier this year and after waiting patiently for more news, fans have been rewarded with confirmation that The Legend of Vox Machina season 2 will release in January 2023.

The Legend of Vox Machina | Trailer | Prime Video

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The Legend of Vox Machina season 2 confirmed for January 2023

Today, October 7th, Critical Role held a special panel at the 2022 New York Comic Con where they confirmed that season 2 of The Legend of Vox Machina would release in January 2023.

A more specific date has not yet been shared; however, the announcement was made alongside the release of a brand new trailer for season 2, see below.

Whilst fans are delighted with this announcement, many had been well aware that The Legend of Vox Machina would be returning for another adventure.

This was because the hit animated series’ second season was ordered all the way back in November 2019 when The Legend of Vox Machina was first announced.

As detailed by Variety, a Kickstarter campaign initially helped fund the first 10 episodes of the Dungeons & Dragons show. However, Amazon Prime Video obviously saw the potential from the outset, ordering an additional 14 episodes – taking the total to 24 episodes across two seasons.

“Critical Role blazed a new trail for original digital content, with fresh new voices and humor that earned devoted fans around the world, as evidenced by their wildly successful Kickstarter campaign. We’re thrilled to work with the whole team to bring ‘The Legend of Vox Machina,’ and new Critical Role series, to our Prime Video customers.” – Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, via Variety.

Critical Role frontrunners Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham would then elaborate on working with such a massive streaming partner.

“We were absolutely floored by the level of enthusiasm we received on the Kickstarter campaign, and now we can deliver exactly what the fans wanted, and more. Teaming with Prime Video to deliver the series to fans across the globe is exciting and surreal — and we’re psyched to be able to tell even more stories with not just one, but two 12-episode seasons!” – Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham, via Variety.

Titmouse president (the animation company for The Legend of Vox Machina) Chris Prynoski added that he was “overjoyed for Titmouse to join the Critical Role adventuring party to slay this beast alongside the mighty Amazon army!”

What is certain, is that the series was easily popular enough to merit a second season. The critical reception to The Legend of Vox Machina has been generally positive, with the majority of stellar reviews coming directly from fans of the series.

The Legend of Vox Machina season 1 scored an impressive 8.4/10 on IMDB, 8.6/10 on RatinGraph and an average audience rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“I’ve always felt D&D would make great watching but until now haven’t seen anything that captures the magic of role play. This show is the best version of that available and it’s definitely less dungeoning and dragoning it captures the complexity of storytelling and character well. I actually think the episodes are too short.” – User review, via IMDB.

The Legend of Vox Machina season 3 also confirmed

Alongside confirmation of the January 2023 release for season 2, it was also revealed that a third season was now in development.

“We can’t wait to bring you #TheLegendOfVoxMachina Season Two in January 2023. BUT – it will take more than just two seasons to tell the story of these legends… WE’RE OFFICIALLY GREENLIT FOR SEASON 3!” – Critical Role, via Twitter.

Again, this is not necessarily a surprise to avid fans as the first 10 episodes were funded through an incredibly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019 before Amazon Prime Studios came onboard to order two 12-episode television seasons of the animated show.

However, the series may not be just a three-broadcast story, with the view that there is potentially an unlimited number of directions that the series could take when it comes to future seasons because each is based on the Critical Role campaigns.

A targeted release window was sadly not shared for season 3, but the series is currently operating on a one-year production cycle.

Four, five or six seasons could easily be produced with different characters, storylines and timelines – we just want more Vox Machina ASAP!

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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