Hato Moa has revealed on Twitter that Hatoful Boyfriend, the romance visual novel about pigeons, will be delisted from iOS and Android at the end of the month.
This means that anyone who wishes to buy Hatoful Boyfriend after the end of May will be unable to do so, but anyone who already owns it will still be able to play it even after it gets removed from the App Store and Google Play. In any case, if you wish to play the game on your mobile phone any time soon, you should consider getting it now.
“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,” said Moa in a tweet made on Twitter.
Hatoful&HoliStar will be delisted from these three stores because the publishing agreements on those platforms are coming to an end.
— Moa (@moa810) May 22, 2021
As for why it’s getting removed from stores, Moa says it’s because of a publisher agreement coming to an end. Hatoful Boyfriend was published on mobile stores by Devolver Digital in 2016, so it seems the details of that contract may have only allowed the game to be sold for five years. It’s also worth noting the game will remain being sold on PC via Steam, where it is published by Mediatonic.
An exact date for the removal of the game from stores has not been specified, but you should expect the game to be no longer for sale no later than 31st May. After then you won’t be able to purchase the game for iOS, Android, and also on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.