This week’s Black Desert update is Cursed, literally, as the Netflix collab begins


Cursed by Netflix transmedia synergy, that is! Yes, as promised, the Netflix fantasy series Cursed has a big crossover with the Black Desert franchise rolling out this week. When it was announced earlier in July, we didn’t quite know what it would entail for MMO gamers, but now we do: Pearl Abyss and Kakao have literally put the show’s main character, Nimue, into the game; you’ll apparently be helping her battle the Red Paladin bad guys and help her return to her Arthurian world. And yes, there’s plenty of loot in it for you.

The questline went live yesterday for Black Desert Mobile players, while it launches for PC players as of this morning. Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game will see their updates next week on August 5th. Pearl Abyss notes that the questline is aimed at toons 53 and up and must be completed during the event phase (so before August 26th when the promo ends), and of course, the free-play trial is still ongoing.


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It’s actually fine – maybe even “good”. The crossover character more-or-less fits in the game, isn’t some godlike being of infinite knowledge/wisdom, does not save that day, or act as a stupid NPC you have to escort.

The villains they took from the show are placed rationally within the existing groups in the game, the questline is coherent, not that long, and pretty fun.

And you get some nifty rewards for doing it. If you hadn’t been told this was a “transmedia synergy crossover” you might never have known. Hard to give an even like this higher praise than that.

The show? Well… there’s some leaps of non-logic in there that are just astounding… character X: “We must not let event Y happen, or everyone here will be killed!” – next scene, character X forces event Y to occur, for no apparent reason…

But the event? If you play BDO, it’s well worth doing.

Hikari Kenzaki

It was well executed. The overarching issue with Cursed is its overall plot, but the characters, the setting, the acting, the individual work that went into it is pretty darn good. And they basically treated this insert into BDO with the same care.

The story is not trivial like BDO events tend to be. You don’t walk to contact, talk to them, and kill things to collect tokens. It’s a short narrative that fits into the world pretty well. We did it while we were doing normal adventuring and it was quite fun. It worked just like a regular quest line across multiple regions.

So yes, the sky is not falling. If you like BDO, go play it. It’s a fun series of quests and has good rewards.

If you haven’t played BDO, well, it requires you be level 53, so don’t expect to jump in and do it right away, but it could be done (and the game is free to play for another week)

Roger Melly

Oh dear ! It was truly one of the most cringe worthy shows I have seen on Netflix ever . I made it thru first three episode but that was enough for me .


Threatened by strong female characters?

Hikari Kenzaki

Come now, it doesn’t have to be all that. The show isn’t great by any stretch and it has quite a few flaws that spotting them doesn’t automagically make one a misogynist.

Still, it was fun and I enjoyed watching it all the way through and I enjoyed the BDO crossover.


Not touching this with a stick.