This is what a 'fourth-person' PS4 and PS Vita game looks like

Upcoming PlayStation 4 and PS Vita game uses environmental interaction instead of direct character control to move through the world.

You're probably most familiar with first- and third-person video games, but what about a fourth-person game, what would that look like? The answer comes by way of indie developer Visiontrick Media's new puzzle game Pavilion. The game was originally announced during the Tokyo Game Show in September, but now they've released a video to show the game off.

As you can see in the video below, you don't control the main character himself, but rather the world around him--this "indirect control" is what its developers call "fourth-person."

"This method of control has resulted in some interesting reactions," Visiontrick Media cofounder Henrik Flink said in a statement on the PlayStation Blog. "Some people feel it's just a buzzword, while others are rather intrigued by it. In the end, we're happy to see people giving it a thought and talking about it."

The game throws you into its world without any text tutorials or a beginning explanation and is portrayed entirely through "exploration and audio-visual imagery."

Pavilion launches for PS4 and PS Vita later this year, but if you're attending the Kyoto Indie Games Festival BitSummit next week you'll be able to go hands-on with the game and speak with its creators.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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334 comments
dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

to me, all games are first person (forever alone)

binbin90
binbin90

what does 4th person exactly mean???

Nibroc420
Nibroc420

"Fourth Person" doesn't make sense.

Can we stop with these non-sensical terms?


This is almost as bad as those 4D rides...

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

As long as alternate control schemes feel natural and not forced they are fine. 

cejay0813
cejay0813

Another yawner from Sony, bring on Infamous already

eiji1
eiji1

It's not Fourth-person. It's third person, with the "person" being the environment.


I don't see why they needed that self-aggrandizing-sounding buzzword - the concept seems interesting on its own merits.

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

'Fourth-person' is a buzzword, but that doesn't mean the game is bad.

donmega1
donmega1

looks like a ipad game...

genjuroT
genjuroT

Isn't the correct term Isometric view?...Like Baldur's Gate and countless other games that were 2D

Bowser05
Bowser05

As somebody said, Super Monkey Ball was '4th person'. So was Loco Roco...among other games. It's not exactly a new concept, but it is definitely intriguing nonetheless. This game looks neat.

Chubs2627
Chubs2627

Super Monkey Ball was 4th person...

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

What a stupid name. The person is the camera. First for seeing through the eyes of the character, 3rd for a view outside any character (god like). This here is in 3rd person!

FBohler
FBohler

This and Killzone together make a very nice system seller couple........ Or maybe not! Hehehe

pacocasares
pacocasares

This also made me think, what would be 2nd control point be?

There is *I* as in My self, first person view, (first)

There is *You* as in a direct person involving with you. (second, this would be for example controlling a horse in red dead redemption)

And then there is *Them* Associated with something afar or distant

Where does the forth person come in? Controlling environment objects?


Something fells fishy, bring me some research so I can look into this

Voivodul
Voivodul

 The level certainly looks fun for an old school point-and-click. Need to see more of that new way of playing though...

souldrift
souldrift

Well speak of the AEther? Innovation is certainly what we need. Reminds of the good old days with games like "Monkey Island". I certainly will download this game to my PS Vita.

drwhoiscool
drwhoiscool

Ya....  If that is " 4th Person " then fine.  Since that Technology came out when EGA graphics where awesome in the 1980s for games like Leasure Suite Larry & Kings Quest, whats the big deal?  There are 10 Billion Trillion games like that for the PC.  What makes this so awesome to be on the front page that I missed in the whole 60 seconds of demo shown above? 

kovaras1984
kovaras1984

PS4, where we give you 100's of games a gamegear could run for FREE! wait what, thats a real game? :o

nervedamaged
nervedamaged

Didn't Echochrome on PS3 PS Store do this already ???

zacko2012
zacko2012

Looks gorgeous and fun, but technically this would be a third-person omniscient game. Whatever, though.

maxran
maxran

"environmental interaction" Sounds like a fancy way of saying point and click

XxParasite
XxParasite

Yeah...  Pretty sure that telling someone else what to do is called _second-person_.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

The concept has me intrigued, but it does look kinda dull.

If controlling the environment is the definition of a fourth-person game, then would echochrome and Dust qualify?

jmc88888
jmc88888

Looks more like it's an isometric 2.5D world that has its control inverted.

Bubbagum_Bish
Bubbagum_Bish

That was... short. Doesn't look like my kind of game, to say the least. But then again 10 seconds of walking doesn't really show me any actual gameplay so we'll see.

EdAl2112
EdAl2112

Hmm, it's something different. IT SUCKS! Save us Activision from all this variety!

modernoracle
modernoracle

I think Republique is the contender for best representation of "fourth person view"

1wikkid1
1wikkid1

Meh, def not going to be buying a PS for this. That video did not do anything to either show off the game in a positive light or at least show me why I should care. Seems like another attempt to do something, anything, different without any regard or thought given to whether it's fun and functional.

ronnet
ronnet

I've seen other games where you control the world instead of the character. I'm also not sure that this 'innovation' is worth calling the 4th persion.

shermenz
shermenz

It's beautiful!
I'll keep an eye out.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

This way of gameplay looks very linear... and boring. I would call it "point and click without pointing".

pelvist
pelvist

Its not 4th person its 3rd person Isometric point and click. 


[sarcasm]Sorry console developers, you havent invented something new again like you did with the FPS, 4D and motion controls [/sarcasm].

abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

What makes this different then any other 3rd person game? Even though really every game is actually 2d since I dont know of any true 3d monitor they just project 3d onto 2d plane

Kaliedo
Kaliedo

@eiji1 It made you click the link to see what it was about, debate makes for great advertisement.

maskflash
maskflash

@genjuroT  I guess even though those games have the same perspective, you still control the characters...

Bowser05
Bowser05

@pacocasares  It's just a tag-word. They are using this 'new' term to explain a different style of control in a game. As far as descriptors in media go...there is no such thing as '4th person'.

Talis12
Talis12

@maxran my thoughts too.. click here and the game does something for you. Seems like a point and click puzzle game to me

SgtStrungOut
SgtStrungOut

@Gatman32 You must be one of those stinky short attention span mouthbreathers that play nothing but fast paced action games that have killing and explosions every 5 seconds. Then again, this game does look weak, but still. Boring is only a term that ADHD poser gamers use in this day and age.

Ichi_1
Ichi_1

@abcdefgabcdefgz Are you confusing 3rd person with 3rd dimension? In gaming 1st, 3rd and now 4th person only deal with the players point of view of the character they are controlling. Dimensions deal with planes of view; height and  length for 2d screens, and depth for 3d.

disneyskate
disneyskate

3 dimensional means it has volume. 3d models in games have volume, they are 3 dimensional.

genjuroT
genjuroT

@maskflash oh, silly buzz word. This is why the English language gets screwed up. 

Gatman32
Gatman32

Lol calm down dude, it's ok.

I just think it looks boring, which is an opinion. Lol chill.