BioWare continues to make good on its promise of delivering fresh challenges for fans of Mass Effect 3's multiplayer mode, with the latest N7 Bounty Weekend -- Operation Shieldwall -- encouraging players to promote their characters. Once you've maxed out one of your multiplayer classes in the Galaxy at War mode, you're able to "promote" it and, in doing so, boost your war assets on the single player side of Mass Effect 3.
The core goal of this week's Bounty Weekend -- which runs from May 25 at 6pm PST to May 27 at 5pm PST -- is to have the community as a whole promote 50,000 characters or more. As always, there's also an individual squad goal that requires palyers to promote three characters. Successful completion of the Allied goal nets you a Victory Pack (which contains a rare weapon) while completion of the Squad goal gets you a Commendation pack (which contains an assortment of consumables).
In an amusing twist, BioWare is including a "Special Circumstance" to the upcoming Bounty Weekend which amounts to a penalty for the community's failure to complete the previous Bounty Weekend objective. Since Operation Silencer called for players to kill as many of the Reaper faction's Banshees as they could, Operation Shieldwall will be marked by an increased spawn rate for Banshees, so much so that you might even see them when fighting against other factions. Yay?
The Bounty Weekend now covers all platforms that Mass Effect 3 is playable on, so this challenge applies to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC users. PS3 users should be aware, however, that a known issue prevents the pop-up window alerting you to the start of the Bounty Weekend from appearing on the console. Don't be alarmed. If you're playing within the Bounty Weekend window, you're participating. As always, you'll need to have "Upload Gameplay Feedback" set to ON in the options menu if you want to receive your reward packs.
I'm curious: are a lot of you still playing Mass Effect 3's Galaxy at War mode? Why or why not?