Hato Moa, the writer and director of Hatoful Boyfriend, has revealed on Twitter that the game will be removed from iOS, Android and PlayStation stores at the end of May.
It should be noted that this only applies for anyone who wishes to buy Hatoful Boyfriend after the delisting date, whereas anyone who has bought the game previously will still be able to play it even after it gets removed from the stores.
“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,” Moa said on Twitter.
??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. — Moa (@moa810) May 22, 2021
The reason for this is because of a publisher agreement that is coming to an end. Devolver Digital - who have just announced more mobile efforts for this year - published the game on PlayStation in 2015, and then released it on mobile stores a year later in 2016. It seems the publishing agreement must have only covered the first five years of Hatoful Boyfriend’s lifespan.
A specific date for the delisting hasn’t been mentioned, but we should expect the game to not be available for sale anymore no later than 31st May, where you won’t be able to purchase the game for iOS, Android, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4.
If you’re a games preservation enthusiast like me, the good news is that the game will still continue to be sold on Steam, where it is published by Mediatonic rather than Devolver.Read about some of our favourite RPGs on Android here.
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