Redial: Three Fourths Home Extended Edition Released

Okay, MUM.

I enjoyed worryful ‘visual short story’ Three Fourths Home [official site] when it came out last year, and I’ll be returning this weekend. Riding high off a nomination for ‘Excellence in Narrative’ at the IGF Awards, developers [bracket]games yesterday launched an Extended Edition.

I liked it then, and now I’m keen to get stuck into its new epilogue chapter.

Three Fourths Home’s a long phone call between a young woman, Kelly, in her car and her family at home, digging into their hopes, disappointments, and innumerable worries. She moved away, then has recently returned home. It’s the awkward distance between you and people you care about but don’t know how to relate to. And then a storm starts to brew.

There’s nothing to unlock, no super secret paths that I’ve found, just a conversation playing down the paths you lead it. It’s well-written and touching, making me fret about my own family. It makes you hold a key to drive the car too, else time stops, so your keyboard/mouse hands mimic Kelly’s steering wheel/phone distractions. It’s a small touch but draws you into the performance.

The Extended Edition brings a new epilogue, said to take 20-30 minutes, along with nice little extras like Kelly’s college photography project and stories by her distant younger brother. It tweaks the main story too, with a few branching bits. I am keen to play this.

I’m still sorry that Bracket’s fell short with their Kickstarter for To Azimuth, an adventure game about two siblings searching for a lost brother seemingly tied up in UFO conspiracies. They’re continuing to work on it all the same.

A 10% launch discount brings Three Fourths Home: EE to £4.49 on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux, while Humble will give you a Steam key and DRM-free versions for £4.94. Here’s a snippet of the epilogue:

6 Comments

  1. Melody says:

    Would be nice to know if I have to purchase the game again to get the Extended Edition. I have the DRM-free version from Humble, and now I see that the original version is not on sale anymore, but they do sell the new version, and even a deluxe edition of the new version.

    I enjoyed it very much, purchased at full price when it came out and didn’t regret it for a second, but I’ll probably wait for a sale if I have to buy it again…

    • Melody says:

      Maybe having it for free would be asking too much, but it’d be nice to have a sort of DLC-like thing you could buy at a reduced price to tide you over from the old to the new version at least, that’s what i was trying to say. Buying the whole thing twice always feels kinda lame.

      • April March says:

        I agree. I understand why devs do this, but they’re pretty much turning their backs on those who supported them on the most critical juncture. I’m pretty sure Steam has a way of reducing your price for a game if you have another game (Cities XL does it) and I think Humble does too.

      • freaky_dug says:

        I bought the original on itch.io and got an email this morning informing me that my purchase had been upgraded to the extended edition (with Steam and Desura keys). I would be surprised if they didn’t do the same for the humble version.

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          Hodge says:

          I bought the Humble version and I can confirm that it upgrades to the new version for free – just took a couple of days to go through.

    • dudleyfisher says:

      you don’t have to pay for ‘upgrade’ no. Love from the publisher!