PlayStation 3 (PS3) gamers are in for a pleasant surprise this weekend, as multiplayer events are finally available for Sony's flagship console. It is time to rejoice and lock-and-load for war against 1,000,000 Cerberus Phantoms defending their territory in "Mass Effect 3: Operation Exorcist".
The online war started at 6 pm (PST) on 27 April and will run to 5 pm (PST) on 30 April.
"By now it is no secret that the Reaper War has had its share of logistical SNAFUs," a user with the name "Admiral Hackett" wrote on the BioWare blog. He was referring to the fact that PS3 users, until now, were not allowed access to N7 Weekend Challenges, due to unspecified concerns between BioWare and Sony, according to GameZone.
"It is to the galaxy's credit that, when we put out the call for volunteers, we were answered by individuals of every species from Citadel, Traverse, and even Terminus space. Unfortunately, the diversity of equipment sources meant our allies ran into hardware and software incompatibilities," he added1.
"These brave men and women have been fighting beside you and, in doing so have gone above and beyond normal duty. Because their units were not properly tracked, they fought without pay and sometimes without proper training, equipment, even rations. It is a mark of their character that these warriors took the grave task set before us and stuck it out through sheer determination," the "Admiral" continued, adding, "It is time to honor their service. A volunteer task force has fabricated the necessary hardware and is rolling out compatibility software. When these installations are complete, these soldiers will benefit from being properly equipped and combat-ineffective troops will get off the bench. We'll all have more comrades watching our backs, and we're now watching theirs."
In short, it appears that Sony and BioWare have finally sorted out their dispute and brought multiplayer events to PS3 owners, with promises of great reward items and weapons upgrades.
As far as the events are concerned, if you are playing for the Allied Forces, your team goal will be to destroy a total of one million Cerberus Phantoms before the timer runs out this weekend and players successful in achieving the goal will be awarded a Victory Pack after the event ends. If you are on the Squad Team, your goal is to survive until extraction on any map against any enemy on Gold difficulty. The squad-mates will earn a Commendation Pack for accomplishing this feat.
Do remember, however, to enable "Upload Gameplay Feedback" in the multiplayer options menu... otherwise your scores over the weekend will be disregarded and you may lose your hard-earned rewards!