For anyone unfamiliar, Hatoful Boyfriend (and the sequel, Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star) is a dating simulator, except that the potential partners are all species of birds. We mean realistic depictions of real birds. The game gained traction after its release in 2011 for being a quirky take on a classic genre, while still having engaging and interesting writing.
Hato Moa, the creator of the series, recently posted on Twitter, explaining that a publishing agreement with those platforms has ended and the game will be removed from the iOS, Android, and Playstation storefronts on the end of May.
Hatoful&HoliStar will not be available for new customers on iOS, Android, and PS store at the end of May. Anyone who currently owns the game will continue to still own it. Steam version will stay on sale as normal.
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Hatoful&HoliStar will be delisted from these three stores because the publishing agreements on those platforms are coming to an end.
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For any further questions, please ask Mediatonic (the developer of Hatoful games)
Im the original creator of the games, but I dont have the authority to make decisions on the publish.
This, admittedly, confuses us a little. Generally speaking, platform publishing agreements are something in the vien of exclusive to this platform for a predetermined amount of time. After that, the games are normally free to release on all other platforms. Were not sure as to why a game would be taken down from certain storefronts after a number of years.
Were also not sure how this will affect the development of Hatoful Boyfriend: Mirror, a third game in the series currently in development. At worst, we expect it to still release on PC via Steam (and maybe Epic Game Store).
Fortunately, anyone that owns the game on these platforms will be able to keep it. So for anyone wanting it should make the investment now, before the month is over.
We have reached out for Mediatonic for more information.