A beautiful, 3rd-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Uncover artifacts from the son's life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.
Recent Reviews:
Very Positive (57) - 85% of the 57 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
All Reviews:
Very Positive (394) - 82% of the 394 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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October 16

Huge update! Now on Linux, most gamepads supported, and more!

I’ve been hard at work rebuilding and fixing, and now it’s ready! Here’s the list:
  • A totally rebuilt input manager, meaning any dual-analog gamepad on any OS should work now. No more spinning cameras!
  • Invert Y-axis and Camera Sensitivity options added.
  • Music now loops.
  • More icons and hints added so fewer players get stuck.
  • Jumping and platforming adjusted to be more forgiving and less frustrating.
  • Fixed a ton of bugs, including a rare one in the last level where the fox can get stuck on a rock.
The other big news: a beta version of The First Tree is now available on Linux (64-bit)! Thanks to all the multiple people on reddit who tested it and gave feedback. And for the players requesting a DRM-free version, the game is now available on itch.io. Thanks everyone for all the constructive feedback, emotional personal experiences, and praise. It means the world, and the messages will be something I carry with me for a long time. Take care.
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September 17

Important fixes - Version 1.1

Thank you again for all the kind comments and constructive criticism, all of this attention has honestly been very overwhelming but absolutely worth it. Even if I haven’t been able to respond, I’ve read almost everyone’s thoughts and I’m working hard to squash these bugs and complaints. I’ve uploaded a new build now with the following changes:
  • For Mac users, the crash while loading the epilogue level should be gone now. If it still crashes, your data will still be saved at the proper spot, so boot up the game again and press Continue. Please also make sure your machine matches the minimum system requirements.
  • In the starry night level, the terrain and sky should load properly now during the right moment and you won’t fall off the map. Again, please make sure your machine meets the minimum requirements—this is another performance issue causing this.
  • Fixed some areas in the terrain where players were getting stuck.
  • Multiple music tracks shouldn’t play over each other.
  • Jumping, physics, and timing-based puzzles have been adjusted to be less frustrating.
  • Re-positioned some missing stars (oops!).
As for the future, here’s what I’m hoping to add soon (but haven’t yet):
  • Full controller support on PC and Mac including DualShock 4. This will fix all the spinning camera issues too. I will have to redo the entire input manager which will take time, so for now only the Xbox 360 controller on PC is officially supported.
  • Add invert Y-axis and sensitivity options.
  • Loop music tracks and other small enhancements.
Thanks for your patience everyone. If your experience has been ruined in anyway, please use the Steam refund system, that’s why it’s there! Thanks for all the help, and take care.
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“A tranquil and personal journey through a magical, shifting landscape.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed galloping around its gorgeous pastoral landscapes and moonlit moors, uncovering snippets of narrative all the while battling the ever-growing lump in my throat.”
PC Gamer

“An emotionally resonant game with a gorgeous soundtrack and beautiful visuals.”

About This Game

From the creator of Home is Where One Starts… comes The First Tree, a third-person exploration game centered around two parallel stories: a fox trying to find her missing family, and a son reconnecting with his father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant and beautiful journey that crescendos at the source of life, and perhaps result in an understanding of death. Along the way, players can uncover artifacts and stories from the son's life as he becomes intertwined in the fox’s journey towards The First Tree.

Key Features:

  • For fans of Journey, Firewatch, and Shelter.
  • Not a "fox simulator," but an emotional, intimate story by a one-man team with an ending you won't soon forget.
  • Featuring a gorgeous soundtrack by acclaimed artists like Message to Bears, Lowercase Noises, and Josh Kramer.
  • A short game (about an hour and a half) focused on story with some light puzzle solving and platforming.
  • Includes English subtitles along with an easy-to-use fan translation system. (see Discussion Forum for more info)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP SP2+
    • Processor: 2.4GHz CPU Dual Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 750 / Radeon R7 260X with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: Only the Xbox 360 controller for PC is officially compatible
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.8+
    • Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD GPU with 1GB Memory
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Dedicated graphics card required
    • OS: 64-bit only (tested with Arch Linux 4.12+, Fedora 25, Ubuntu 16.04+, Mint 18, Tumbleweed 4.13)
    • Processor: 2.4GHz CPU Dual Core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated GPU recommended with 1 GB video memory, may still work with Intel HD 520, Mesa 17.2+ and Nvidia 384+ tested
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: BETA VERSION, MSAA disabled on Linux, most gamepads compatible except for wireless Xbox 360 controller, some other minor bugs may be present
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