Pavilion – new trailer and gameplay details on the PS4/PS Vita adventure

Take a closer look at Visiontrick’s beautiful ’fourth person’ puzzler

Greetings dear PlayStation Blog readers! Today we want to bring up two things: both an extended cut of the latest trailer and some more insight into Pavilion‘s gameplay.

First, as most people know, E3 happened last week. Even though we were not able to attend we released a new Pavilion trailer that was shown at the PlayStation booth and uploaded on the PlayStation YouTube channel. There was a 60-second restriction to the trailer and we therefore had to exclude two scenes from the original cut. We thought about it and why not release the original extended version of the trailer as a bonus to this post. So here comes the complete trailer.

The second thing, as has been requested, is to uncover some more information about the gameplay of Pavilion. Without going too deep and spoiling specific puzzle features we’ll try to shed some light on the gameplay by presenting the three fundamental components that make up Pavilion’s puzzle design. These three things are woven together and all three aspects need to be taken into account when solving puzzling situations.

  1. The first of the three components is the main character seen running around in the world of Pavilion. His behaviours and personality needs to be observed, understood and aided for you both to traverse and progress in the game.
  2. The second component is the environment. The layout of the surrounding world in which the main character is traveling will affect his traversal.
  3. The third component is the interactive objects which can be manipulated and thus affect both the environment and indirectly the main character.

Part from these three in-game components there is also an outside fourth component, the wielder of interactive objects that brings forth reactions from the character and changes in the environment.

These are the cornerstones of the gameplay and depending on how things relate to each other puzzling situations will emerge. Each individual puzzle aims to both give you new knowledge, a deepened understanding of the gameplay as well as being a problem for you to wrap your head around. Once you realise the solution, execution will be direct and easy. We rather want to reward the player for understanding than punish them for not seeing the solution right away.

We are also happy to see conversations about the ‘fourth person’ term. As many have touched upon, the fourth person idiom partly relates to the indirect steering of the main character, much like in everyone’s favorite game Pac Man 2, but with a totally different kind of logic. However, this ‘indirect steering’ is not solely the reason for us to use the term. Unfortunately we can’t go deeper into its meanings without spoiling certain parts of the experience. Pavilion presents itself best when played and we look forward to giving you a hands-on experience at game shows later this fall.

If you have any questions please let us know in the comments and we will try to answer them for you. Have a great day!

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Koki_Monster 20 June, 2014 @ 14:08

I thought this was also coming to PS Vita?:

Has the Vita version been cancelled?


zalwelgoedgaan 20 June, 2014 @ 14:15

Yeah, what’s up with that? Don’t tell me Fred Dutton made another boo-boo!


Guess who didn’t watch the trailer? These two guys. It says coming to PS4 and Vita at the end of the trailer!

XDerKleineX 20 June, 2014 @ 14:22

Would it hurt THAT MUCH to mention it in the blog post?

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That’s some tasty artwork. Really liking the look of this.


One quick question about this beautiful game: For the vita version will it impliment analog controls and touch , cause i generally like to choose between control types.

Im not a big fan of touching my vita screen….

Henrik Flink 23 June, 2014 @ 02:41

Yep, we’ll definitely have support for both!

pressmyfoot 20 June, 2014 @ 15:50

Looks fantastic.

Reminds me of that bit in FF7 with all the staircases…

pmf (headcases)

This really looks interesting. Looking forward to the release !

Been looking forward to this one since it was announced, and really impressed by the visuals and the unique twist on puzzle/adventure gameplay. We definately need more slower paced and contemplative titles like this!

Henrik Flink 23 June, 2014 @ 02:43

Glad that you like the slow-paced and contemplative aspect of Pavilion, we also feels like there should be more titles with those qualities.

Henrik Flink 23 June, 2014 @ 02:45

Thanks everyone for the positive comments! If you have any more questions feel free to post them here. :)


This game looks great! Will it support cross-save? I’d love to have cross-save so that I could play it at home on the PS4 and at work on the PS Vita. :) Looking forward to hear more about this title

whiterabbitm1 17 July, 2014 @ 00:49

I am really looking forward to this game honestly, I have been following the progress since just the concept art! I can not wait to get it on my PS4 and my PS Vita! I had a couple questions:
Will there be CrossBuy for PS4 and PS Vita?
Also do you have an idea on pricing yet (Honestly I’ll pay anything, I can’t wait!)
Lastly will you guys have any Alpha or Beta Testing? I would love to help out with this amazing game in anyway!

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