Fox News: The First Tree’s Wandering Wildlife Is Lovely

Will you just look at the fox in that? Phwoar. The First Tree [official site] is an upcoming game about a vixen trying to find her missing cubs and a young human couple who have suffered a loss. It’s being made by David Wehle, who released the going home simulator (that’s a genre now, right?) Home Is Where One Starts. And judging by the colourful countryside and sorrowful voiceover in the trailer below, it looks like it intends to pluck some heartstrings.

It’s going to be a short game, the developer says, between one or two hours. Players will take control of the fox and go on a journey to the “source of life”. Along the way they will find leftovers from the life of a couple who have undergone a personal tragedy, giving you some backstory about what exactly went wrong. Eventually, we are told, the fox’s story and that of the couple start to align.

Intriguing stuff. The website says it is for fans of Journey, Gone Home and Firewatch, which suggests it’ll be the quiet, introspective kind of adventure. And it looks like you could probably add Shelter to that list. I shrugged off Firewatch and frowned at Gone Home for different reasons, to the surprise of every tender heart on the planet. But I do appreciate a good fox tale. This one isn’t expected until some time in 2017. We’ll keep our ears up.


  1. fuggles says:

    I agree, she is a total vixen!

  2. Penguin_Factory says:

    Home Is Where One Starts made a surprisingly big impact on me. I think this developer is very talented, so I’m looking forward to the follow up.

    • JOJOFACE says:

      Agreed! As small of a game as it was, Home Is Where One Starts was just a lovely experience. Glad to see a follow up from the dev, and a promising one at that.

  3. InfamousPotato says:

    With all the recent releases of games like Firewatch, The Beginner’s Guide, and others, it almost seems that a trend is starting, one of pretty looking narrative games that only last for an hour or two…

    I like it.

    I like it very much.

  4. emotionengine says:

    So far, so Shelter.

  5. int says:

    The fox feels nothing. It’s made of… string.

  6. haldolium says:

    Nice lensflares