Multiplayer Weekend Challenge FAQs

#1GameNerd64Posted 5/1/2012 2:33:31 PM(edited)
This is the first version, so please suggest any additional info you'd like to see added. I figured I'd do this after seeing people requesting to sticky my spur of the moment Commendation Pack PSA. I guess we need this.

Contents:

1. What are Weekend Challenges?
2. What time do I need to play to qualify?
3. What do I get for completing a challenge?
4. Why don't I have my rewards yet?
5. How do I set "Upload Gameplay Feedback"?
6. Where I can learn more about specific events?

1. What are Weekend Challenges?

Weekly Challenges are multiplayer events organized by Bioware. Each week, there are two goals:

-A community challenge. This is a challenge for all players to work together on. Usually involves killing a certain number of enemies.

-A squad challenge. This is just for you and the people in your squad. These task you with a harder objective that usually requires just one match, such as "survive extraction on Gold."

Completion of these challenges awards a Victory pack (for community challenge) and a Commendation pack (for squad challenge). These can be redeemed in the Store section next to the other packs, once Bioware releases them (details below).

2. What time do I need to play to qualify?

Typically, the challenges start at 9pm EST each Friday and run until 8am EST on Monday. The April 27-30 challenge is a bit conflicting, as they reported on the Playstation Blog that it ran until Monday evening, but this is not the norm, so expect Monday morning to be the cutoff.

Unfortunately, as of now, on PS3 the game does not give you a splash screen indicating the challenge has begun or concluded. So please keep your time in mind if you're going for a challenge.

3. What do I get for completing a challenge?

You get a Victory Pack for completing the community challenge and a Commendation Pack for completing the squad challenge. You can earn one of each per weekend. Repeatedly succeeding in squad challenges does not earn you extra packs, but you can still get one the next week for the new challenge.

Victory packs are always equipment. This is due to the ease of the challenges.

Commendation packs, however, contain very good rewards, including weapons that cannot be earned in any other pack.

4. Why don't I have my rewards yet?

Each Tuesday at 8pm EST, Bioware starts rolling out Commendation Packs. Sometimes it takes until early Wednesday to get them. Please be patient.

Victory Packs usually show up earlier on Tuesdays.

If you make it through Wednesday without a pack, please first search this board and Bioware's forums to see if others have a problem before making a topic.

5. How do I set "Upload Gameplay Feedback"?

Lots of people seem confused by this one. Here is the step-by-step:

-From the Mass Effect 3 main menu, go to Extras, then Options
-Select "Online"
-Check if the setting is on

Please note that this setting is on by default, so if you've never messed with it you are good to go.

6. Where can I learn more about specific events?

If you want the word straight from Bioware on each upcoming challenge requirements and times, please check out the Bioware Social Network. Below is a direct link to the English Mass Effect 3 Announcements board. All topics are from Bioware employees and they always keep it up to date.

http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/category/324/index

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#2bushisprezPosted 5/1/2012 2:16:45 PM
recommending for sticky
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#3CharmilePosted 5/1/2012 2:31:45 PM(edited)
Unfortunately, on PS3 the game does not give you a splash screen indicating the challenge has begun or concluded. So please keep your time in mind if you're going for a challenge.

The one for the +25% exp popped up for Operation Fortress, so it really can't be determined atm whether all weekend events will pop up if they are in effect.

In about 2 weeks we should have more concrete details on this aspect

Sticky Requested
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#4GameNerd64(Topic Creator)Posted 5/1/2012 2:31:09 PM
Thanks!

I'm gonna keep linking to this topic to hopefully draw people. I just want fewer pointless topics wasting space on this board, and in lieu of a sticky, links and bumps are the best I can do.
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#5GameNerd64(Topic Creator)Posted 5/1/2012 2:32:30 PM
Charmile posted...
Unfortunately, on PS3 the game does not give you a splash screen indicating the challenge has begun or concluded. So please keep your time in mind if you're going for a challenge.

The one for the +25% exp popped up for Operation Fortress, it it really can't be determined atm whether all weekend events will pop up if they are in effect.

In about 2 weeks we should have more concrete details on this aspect

Sticky Requested


If I remember correctly, Bioware acknowledged and apologized for the lack of a splash, without giving any indication as to a possible fix. I'm tempted to think that means it will stay this way, but I'll edit the post slightly.

I got ninja'd, but thank you as well for the sticky request.
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#6ChocoboDreamsPosted 5/1/2012 2:35:31 PM
Who are you to tell me to be patient? D:
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#7void03Posted 5/1/2012 3:31:04 PM
It's been stickied! Awesome!

Good information too!
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#803251Posted 5/1/2012 3:35:50 PM
going to assume victory packs are at the store. But mine hasn't shown up. WTF?
#9ChocoboDreamsPosted 5/1/2012 3:41:18 PM
It's 6 PM Tuesday for me, and I still don't have my Victory pack, so what constitutes as "early"?
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#10ironlunz949Posted 5/1/2012 3:50:18 PM
Usually after 5pm Pacific time you get your stuff..... 70 min to go