The First Tree launches on Nintendo Switch and consoles

A game for fans of Journey, Firewatch, and Shelter.

The First Tree, an emotional 3D centered around two interlocking stories, is now available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.

The game follows the stories of two interconnected beings: one of a fox looking for her missing cubs, and another of a son reconnecting with his estranged father in Alaska. Players take control of the fox on a poignant 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.

David Wehle, the solo developer of the game, enlisted the help of DO Games to complete the ports. As a one-man team balancing a day job and raising two children, he was able to release on Steam over a year ago to positive reception which opened the door to console publishing. The game was recently nominated for Best Game and Best Music at the 2018 Emotional Games Awards, and has been exhibited in places like the Smithsonian American Art Museum and PAX West.

Key features include:

  • A personal, 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.
  • Includes new updated content like a developer commentary mode, new achievements, and additional secrets to uncover.
  • A short, meditative game focused on story with some light puzzle solving, platforming, and no enemies.

The First Tree is now out now on Steam, and now too on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PS4.

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Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.

Kate Fanthorpe

Associate Editor Kate has been gaming since she could control a mouse. In addition to having a penchant for indie games, Kate had a World of Warcraft account when she was far too young, and has a weakness for any game with ‘RPG’ in the description.