The routine multiplayer “Weekend Operation” events that Bioware hosts in Mass Effect 3 are nothing new, but this weekend’s operation, aptly titled “Operation Tribute, has an added incentive for fans of Mass Effect 2’s surly bounty hunter Zaeed.
A few weeks ago, Mass Effect players were stunned and saddened to hear that Robin Sachs, the 61 year old voice actor who portrayed Zaeed in Mass Effect 2 and 3, passed away. In addition to Zaeed, Sachs also lent his voice to characters in several other Bioware games and even starred in popular TV shows such as Babylon 5 and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Now, with this weekend’s Operation Tribute, Bioware is making sure Sachs’ legacy is not forgotten.
Operation Tribute tasks players with accruing 50,000 points using both the M-8 Avenger Assault Rifle and Inferno Grenades (a callback to Zaeed’s ‘Jessie” rifle and his Inferno Grenade loyalty power from Mass Effect 2). Players who complete these two goals will be rewarded with the standard weekend operation commendation pack as well as a special in-game “Tribute” banner for their N7 profile. The one caveat for the operation is that, currently, only two multiplayer characters (the Krogan and Batarian Soldier), both of whom must be unlocked using the game’s randomized item packs, have access to Inferno Grenades.
Fans of Zaeed who want to see him in action one last time will be delighted to hear that Bioware has confirmed he will be showing up in the final single-player DLC for Mass Effect 3 titled “Citadel” which is set to release on March 5th. Sachs’ portrayal of Zaeed in Citadel marks both his final involvement with the Mass Effect series as well as the very last bit of his published acting work before his untimely passing.