The upcoming free-to-play shooter Firefall will include pets. Pets are more common in RPGs than in shooters so it's a bit strange that they're going to be included, but a very interesting and welcome change I'd say.
"Not only can you get a pet," said Mark Kern, CEO of Red 5 Studios, "but we're thinking that there's actually an item you can buy in the store to load your gun with special ammunition so you actually shoot the other guy's pet." Kern goes on to mention that you'll be able to kill other peoples pets but they haven't figured out exactly how that will work yet.
The company hasn't actually showed off any images of the first pet, "The Merch", yet, but they plan to give us more details as part of a Crystite Challenge. "It's a way that players can do things like invite friends into the beta to earn Crystite and unlock a special pet," Kern said. The Merch is a part of Red 5's partnership with Penny Arcade. According to Kern, "The Merch is awesome because he's all about merchandising and he fits with our item-based theme."
I'm all for pets in Firefall, as long as killing them isn't too gruesome. What do you think of this addition to the FPS genre?