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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Sep 14, 2017

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January 2

Official soundtrack now available on iTunes, Spotify

Happy New Years everyone! Josh Kramer, the talented composer who lent his music to The First Tree, just released a special album with all of his orchestral music. The best part is it comes with an amazing bonus track called "Starlight".

The soundtrack doesn't include the two ending songs, but you can download them below separately via Bandcamp! A big thanks to Josh for letting his incredible music be licensed for The First Tree. It seems like yesterday that I would blast his song "Transformation" in my car as I went to work each morning, dreaming up the story of a lost fox and a lost son. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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Spotify link
Lowercase Noises - The First Glimmer of Wind
Message to Bears - You Are a Memory
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November 30, 2018

Big, new update! The definitive version of The First Tree now available!

Today is the day! The update I’ve been working on for almost a year is done, and along with it comes the definitive release of The First Tree on Steam, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PS4! All versions of the game are the same, which means Steam users get a long list of updates. Here are the most important ones:
  • The biggest complaint has been the jumping physics, and that’s been totally redone. The double jump works more like other games. It’s more forgiving and less frustrating.
  • Subtitle system have moved from choosing in-game to choosing via the Steam client. Right-click on the game in Steam, click Properties, and choose the Languages tab.
  • Developer Commentary mode (that’s me!) is available, you can enable it in the options. Funny and interesting stories abound on how I made the game.
  • Five new achievements, including a “Completionist” challenge which may result in a cool secret being revealed.
  • Tons of new secret items added to the environment for you to come across.
  • Controller vibration added.
  • You can re-center the camera while using a gamepad by pressing in the right stick button.
  • New UI indicators/graphics
  • Countless bug fixes and optimizations
There’s probably other stuff I’m forgetting but that’s the gist of it. Big thanks to DO Games for helping me with the porting duties and optimizations. If you’re interested in trying out the game on consoles, check out the official website and click the links there! Thanks guy for all the support the past year, it’s meant the world to me.

- DW
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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

“The First Tree offers a beautiful, pensive break from everyday life.”

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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