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.
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Mostly Positive (14) - 71% of the 14 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (853) - 80% of the 853 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Sep 14, 2017

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November 7

The First Tree comes to consoles Nov 30th

I can't believe I'm saying this, but it's almost here. On November 30th, you'll be able to once again take your journey to The First Tree on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.

What does that mean for my faithful Steam players who have been here since the beginning? Well, if you have the game already, all of the new content and optimizations will be available for free on the same day as the console launch!

Also, something important you guys should know... in a week or two, I'll be increasing the price from $7.99 to $9.99. That means the game will NOT be discounted during the Autumn sale, but for Winter sale I will probably do the biggest discount yet (I'm thinking 50% off). So you can get the game now and save a couple dollars before the huge re-launch, or wait til Christmas. :)

This has definitely been the hardest thing I've ever done professionally: self-publishing a game on three consoles while working full-time and taking care of two little kids. I've always been a big PC gamer since I was 5, but when The First Tree's better-than-anticipated launch opened these doors to consoles, I knew it was something I had to attempt. Now it's done (thank you DO Games).

I can't wait for you to experience all the new content and polish. See you guys on the 30th.

- DW
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June 23

Mr. Wehle Goes to Washington

Now this is just crazy. The First Tree has been accepted to the Smithsonian Museum of Art for their Game Arcade exhibit on July 22!

Not only do I get to exhibit with other amazing game developers, this is actually like a homecoming for me since I lived in Northern Virginia most of my life. I've been going to DC and the Smithsonian for a long time, so it's kind of a dream come true to show something there. Like I said, crazy!

Anyway, I'm working on a ton of stuff for a giant update coming this fall. This is to coincide with the console launch which should be in the fall too (nothing confirmed yet). I'm spending a lot of time and money on this revamp, so I've decided to raise the price to $10 when the big update launches. I'm telling you this because now is the time to get the game for the cheapest price during the Steam Summer Sale, at least for a while. Thought you guys should know the plan. :)

Thanks for the support! This Steam Sale revenue will pay for the console ports, so I appreciate anyone sharing the game. Until next time, take care everyone.
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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.

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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