Mass Effect 3's Operation Raptor deploying this weekend

Mass Effect 3 players on PC and Xbox 360 will have another chance to become online, intergalactic legends during EA and BioWare's next multiplayer promotion, Operation Raptor.

The latest event to march under the N7 Bounty Weekend banner, Operation Raptor runs this Friday at 5pm (PST) to 5am (PST) Monday, April 1. This time around, the powers-that-be are challenging the Mass Effect 3 community to promote a total of 150,000 characters to the single player war effort in exchange for free Victory Packs. Individual players will also be rewarded with Commendation Packs for promoting two of their own characters to the Reaper offensive. Bonus XP will be provided to help toward this goal.

“Promoting” someone in Mass Effect 3 means leveling a character in the game's multiplayer mode to level 20 and trading them in for a war asset in the single player game. Doing so increases one's preparedness for the final Reaper throwdown, but resets that character's level and powers in the multiplayer campaign. It's a sacrifice, but hey, that's war.

Right now, Operation Raptor is for PC and Xbox 360 troops only. However, BioWare stated on its blog that the studio is working on bringing PS3 owners on board, writing, “We are continuing to work with Sony to enable these types of Operations on the PlayStation 3 platform. We appreciate your patience, and we expect an update later this week regarding Operation Raptor and the PlayStation 3.”

If this is your first tour, learn what you're in for in our coverage of last week's Operation Fortress (Mass Effect 3's N7 Bounty Weekend starts today, brings bonus XP), and the first Operation Goliath (Mass Effect 3: Rare weapons are yours for the earning in first N7 Challenge Weekend).


  • Ravenbom - March 30, 2012 10:47 a.m.

    I'm not just blaming Sony for this, but Sony you suck. BUT, EA/Bioware could compensate for this by at least putting out the Victory pack to buy on the PS3 store. The PS3 ME3 multiplayer store still has the rotating deals so they could at least put the pack in there for purchase. It would suck but at least we'd get access to it.
  • Pepsi Matt - March 29, 2012 6:37 p.m.

    I'm not a big fan of the multiplayer side of Mass Effect 3 (maybe because I search alone with no mic?). Anyways I might have a look at it, not to sure yet. It'd be good to get my quarian back on the field though.
  • TurtleAssasin33 - March 29, 2012 11:49 a.m.

    WHY SONY WHY!?!? I hope that we're included in this so badly!!
  • FlyinMachine - March 29, 2012 11:29 a.m.

    I'm pretty excited for this, actually. I've got all my 6 classes to twenty and will promote at least three of them for the event. Maybe more if I'm feeling adventuress! Otherwise, the Mass Effect multiplayer is GREAT! Mass Effect 3's single player seems to have a lot more talking and whatnot (which isn't a bad thing) so if I'm like "Ughhhh, I just wanna kill something!" I can just hop on multiplayer and do so instead of going insane.
  • ObliqueZombie - March 29, 2012 10:57 a.m.

    Does this mean that if we've already promoted a character, it will count towards that goal? I've already got one down, and I can definitely get the other. It's a damn fun multiplayer, so it seems like I'll have to forgo other games this weekend until I get the job done.
  • inkyspot - March 29, 2012 9:27 a.m.

    he Multiplayer is actually fun. I really didn't have high hopes for it, until I played it. I definately like the team thing as oppose to the lone gunman thing.
  • BladedFalcon - March 29, 2012 8:54 a.m.

    *sighs* Goddammit Sony, again?
  • Mezolitik - March 29, 2012 12:01 p.m.

    Why is Sony blocking ME3 promotions?
  • BladedFalcon - March 29, 2012 12:14 p.m.

    Hell if I know the exact technical lingo. But I think that it basically has to do with Sony's anal policies about information sharing and whatnot, which have gotten pretty strict since last year's shenanigans.
  • MyCoolWhiteLies - March 29, 2012 8:41 a.m.

    I'm glad that they made Promoting a character a hell of a lot easier/faster than Prestiging in CoD. It's a lot easier to swallow when you can get that character class up to 20 in a few days of playing.
  • Mezolitik - March 29, 2012 8:31 a.m.

    The individual challenge (two promotions) seems like a tall order; I have a lv. 20 and a level 16, and it took me about a week to get that far. I'd say it's probably a 6-8 hour job, over the weekend. Anyway, I love the multiplayer, although it will need new maps/enemies very soon. If anybody fancies a game (or 10), let me know! I have the same name on Origin.

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