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Mass Effect 3's Operation Overwatch Event Requires Earth DLC
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Operation Overwatch hits Mass Effect 3 this weekend, offering up more Commendation and Victory Packs for successful players.

You'll need the Earth DLC installed to take part in this one, as “Operation OVERWATCH drops troops on Earth to tackle the most secure Reaper strongholds. Reaper anti-air defense will make for high-risk shuttle extractions.” 

The Squad Goal is to achieve an extraction on any difficulty with at least one squad member using an Earth Pack character. The Allied Goal, meanwhile, is to extract 800,000 individual players on any difficulty, with each live member counting toward the goal.

As ever, squad Goal Success rewards players with a Commendation Pack, while Allied Goal Success rewards players with a Victory Pack.

Also, as Mr Chr15topher notes in the comments, Allied Goal Success is also rewarded with a new Earth character. Which is pretty cool.

Because Operation Broadside was a failure, the event runs a little longer than normal, from 10AM PDT on Friday July 27th until Monday July 30th at 5AM PDT.

The Mass Effect 3: Earth multiplayer pack is free on Xbox Live now. If you don't already have it, you can add the DLC to your download queue here and read more about it here.

[via BioWare Blog]


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Comment #1 by Mr Chr15topher
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:02:58 AM
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You forgot to mention that the allied goal victory pack will give players a guranteed earth pack charater.

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Comment #2 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:09:18 AM
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This is fantastically easy. So far the multiplayer hasn't become even slightly dull yet, and these events are only reason to play that much more.

Looking forward to those delicious packs on Wednesday/Thursday.

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Comment #4 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:22:39 AM
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@3, more like a free ban.

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Comment #5 by Its Fooga
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:25:42 AM
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I recently got into the multiplayer with a few friends. I'm glad they extended this event.

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Comment #6 by LeeBradley [STAFF]
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:27:12 AM
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So I did! Corrected, cheers.

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Comment #7 by NinjaSteen
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:43:05 AM
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I haven't played ME3 since they screwed me out of two commendation packs... I might dust off the game and give them another chance!!

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Comment #8 by Mayesyboy
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:55:56 AM
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Bioware also said that at least one person in the match needs to be an earth character for anyone to count towards the allied goal

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Comment #9 by Hagane
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 05:07:53 AM
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Sounds great to me!

(Especially after about sixteen Premium Specs and no new characters... damn Acolyte.) :/

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Comment #10 by Mr Chr15topher
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 05:19:57 AM
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@6 Thanks for the mention! :-D

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Comment #11 by UryuIshida72
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 07:12:35 AM
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Well this sounds...easy. Where's the event for a full extraction on Platinum?

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Comment #12 by Chimerical Man
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 07:27:07 AM
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I think you misread the special circumstance: "Extraction time lengthened due to failure of Operation BROADSIDE." We have to survive for longer on Wave 11 before we get extracted, because Broadside failed.

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Comment #13 by gambit444
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 07:39:25 AM
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@7 you can call them or contact them through the website & they will usually correct the error. happened to me once & they took care of it right away. I'm sure time is a factor though.

Can't wait for this event!

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Comment #14 by Palon
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 07:43:22 AM
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This is not multiplayer....

It's you against the computer. Over...and over...and over...again.

Get achievements, get out. Thank me later.

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Comment #15 by The Elite Elite
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:00:17 AM
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@14, so I guess that means Firefight isn't multiplayer, Nazi Zombies isn't multiplayer, and Special Ops isn't multiplayer. Not every multiplayer needs to be person versus person. Co-op is a lot of fun too. Anyway, looks like a nice and easy weekend event. I'm just not looking forward to when BioWare makes one of the weekend goals something like full extraction on platinum. That's going to be tough.

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Comment #16 by cheevo360
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 08:46:31 AM
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Cool man!! But I want single-player DLC more for ME3. I knew BioWare already said in early year they will bring single-player DLC in near future as they working on it. :)

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Comment #17 by tripleb2k
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 09:47:47 AM
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@15 don't feed the troll.

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Comment #18 by TerraRazoR
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 10:51:44 AM
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This is getting really boring now.

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Comment #19 by Opiate42
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 12:18:44 PM
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Still have to download this, but what few times I've even fired up my xbox in the last few weeks I've been playing... something else.

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Comment #20 by Th3D00mV1ru5
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 05:13:23 PM
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If theres any news of a patch concerning the crash of ME3, bring us the news as early as possible, im getting really tired of not playing anymore.

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Comment #21 by KellissAmberlee
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 12:11:55 AM
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I'd like to see a Platinum challenge too, though I doubt I'd survive it.

Broadside failed so they're going to double the requirement for extraction? Interesting.

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Comment #22 by Oinkdaddy
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 02:15:46 PM
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You know how it says, Operation OVERWATCH drops troops on Earth...". That sure sounds like the extractions won't count unless they're in Rio, Vancouver, or London. EA would never do that!! Sure.

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Comment #23 by II BOMBSCARE II
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 03:42:23 AM
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the multipalayer is almost unplayable now, too many people doing the damn rocket glich

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Comment #24 by Plaidman86
Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 12:21:41 PM
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So I don't wanna sound noobish but I heard the operation was a success. How do you get the rewards?

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Comment #25 by Alchemist Void
Saturday, August 04, 2012 @ 07:37:46 PM
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You would think by now that they would have fixed the rocket glitch.

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