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ME3's first multiplayer challenge goes live this weekend

Posted by: Nathaniel at 3/16/2012 2:32 PM
As hard as it's been to tear myself away from Mass Effect 3's single-player campaign, I've manage to get in a handful of multiplayer rounds as well.  Now, BioWare is giving all of us an incentive to play it beyond multiplying our military strength.

The N7 Challenge Weekend begins tonight at 5pm PST (that's 8pm in the east) and runs until Monday morning at 5am PST (that's 8am in the east).  

Every player that is part of a squad that defeats a Silver difficulty or higher Reaper force by ensuring at least one player is successfully extracted on any map will receive one Commendation Pack that will contain a random N7 Arsenal Weapon (N7 Crusader Shotgun, N7 Eagle Pistol, N7 Hurricane SMG and N7 Valiant Sniper Rifle) that would otherwise only available if you bought the Collector's Edition.  These multiplayer variants will not be earnable in any other fashion, so this weekend is your only chance to score one.  Furthermore, you can only earn one Commendation Pack per player over the course of the challenge.

On top of that, if one million Reaper Brutes are killed during the hours the N7 Challenge Weekend is active, every player will receive a Victory Pack as well.  There's no word on what the Victory Pack contains, but like the Commendation Pack, you'll only have 7 days to redeem it before it expires forever. 

Well, now I know how I'm going to be spending my weekend.