Since its debut back in 2011, Hatoful Boyfriend has gained quite the cult following, including a holiday sequel. People are attracted to the game due to its humorous elements, the concept of birds being the central characters, and profound moments. It takes itself lightly, though, so make sure not to take it too seriously.
Hatoful Boyfriend is a visual novel where all of the possible suitors are birds, making it one of the more unique visual novels. Due to the player character's cave living circumstances, the game contains unlikely yet hilarious scenarios. It's worth looking at, but I wouldn't recommend buying it.
Multiple platforms are taking down Hatoful Boyfriend
Even though Hatoful Boyfriend and its sequel, Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star, have a large fan base, these games will be unavailable on iOS, Android, and the PSN from May 2021 onwards. It will still be possible for people who own the games on the platforms mentioned earlier to keep them. However, It is unlikely they will receive any more updates unless they are relisted in the future.
It was delisted because the publisher and creator of Hatoful Boyfriend terminated their publishing agreement. Even though this game has been delisted, those who wish to purchase it still can do so through Steam's English translation since that isn't tied to the publishing agreement. Hatoful Boyfriend is currently available for a base price of $9.99. Fans can also purchase The Hatoful Boyfriend Complete Pack Bundle for $25.56.
Hatoful Boyfriend creator Moa first announced the news on her Twitter page. Moreover, she clarified that further inquiries regarding the issues should be sent to Mediatonic, as the company has sole authority over Hatoful Boyfriend's publishing. There is currently no word on when the Hatoful games will return to PSN, iOS, or Android.
Devolver Digital, a well-known indie developer, is the publisher behind Hatoful Boyfriend's current version. This company has published games such as Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, Enter the Gungeon, Hotline Miami, and Serious Sam. Mediatonic remade Hatoful Boyfriend in 2014, and Devolver Digital was involved with its development.
Hatoful Boyfriend hasn't produced much in a while, so it is unlikely that Devolver Digital will publish them again. Nonetheless, the renewal status remains unknown.