BioWare are rounding off a year of support with Mass Effect 3's biggest multiplayer bounty event to date: Operation Lodestar.
We are coordinating the largest-scale attack in the brief history of this war. N7 unit actions will pave the way for resistance and conventional forces trying to retake the population centers of our homeworlds. There is no retreat. When an objective is finished or a target destroyed, you will immediately focus on the next. Our assets will provide cover to network ships that will update your targets in real-time. Rally points are at your disposal in the event that all space assets meet with catastrophic casualties. From there, you will fight as your CO sees fit or until further orders arrive.
I cannot fully express my deep respect for all of you, the sapients of the Milky Way who serve together under our banner. When future generations look back on this war, they will see the courage and commitment it takes to change the fate of a galaxy. It has been a hard road, but at last: the end is in sight.
Finish it. –Admiral Steven Hackett
In gameplay terms, Operation Lodestar will offer players tiered rewards for simply extracting successfully. Commendation packs will be dished out for completing stages on any difficulty setting, though the 3rd tier reward (an bonus commendation pack) will only be granted to players who manage to extract against all factions on Platinum difficulty. Good luck with that.
Individual Goal: This challenge is tiered:
- Participation (extracting on any difficulty) earns the 1st-tier reward.
- Extracting against all four enemy factions on Silver difficulty or higher earns the 2nd-tier reward.
- Extracting against all four every enemy factions on Platinum difficulty earns the 3rd-tier reward.
- 1st tier – Commendation Pack.
- 2nd tier – A second bonus Commendation Pack and a banner, (“Stood Fast, Stood Strong, Stood Together”)
- 3rd tier – A third bonus Commendation Pack.
Mass Effect 3's multiplayer was certainly a surprisingly worthwhile addition to the package, and this might be a good opportunity to check out the new (free) Reckoning DLC pack. Since it's currently in my disc tray (we're working on a full review of the Citadel singleplayer expansion), I'll definitely give it a whirl. Operation Lodestar started last night and runs until March 10th. [BioWare Blog]
Mass Effect 3 has now been added to the PlayStation Plus Instant Game Collection, if you want to play it for free.