Hatoful Boyfriend (PS4 & Vita)
Hatoful Boyfriend Flaps Onto PS4 and PS Vita Later This Month
Written Friday, July 10, 2015 By Richard Walker
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Mediatonic and Devolver Digital have announced that Hato Moa's bizarrely unique Hatoful Boyfriend will be launching for PS4 and PS Vita later this month, bringing with it a set of avian suitors to have a whirlwind romance with.

Featuring new content, including a new romance option with Tohri from sequel Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star (also coming to PS4 and Vita this autumn), written by creator Hato Moa. That means a whole new path and ending for fans.

Hatoful Boyfriend flaps its way to PlayStation 4 and Vita in HD on 21st July, as a cross-buy title. Tweet, tweet.

[Via PS Blog]


User Comments
Forum Posts: 172
Comment #1 by eddie716
Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 09:10:11 PM
dating game with...birds!!???

Forum Posts: 31
Comment #2 by DarkLord Ryan
Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 10:03:19 PM
I can't wait to see this trophy

Forum Posts: 74
Comment #3 by Cousin Jeffrey
Friday, July 10, 2015 @ 11:21:59 PM
Any word on a Platinum trophy?

Forum Posts: 109
Comment #4 by claas
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 12:27:48 AM
Only way i'd get a bird

Forum Posts: 639
Comment #5 by Lombax Commando
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 01:34:32 AM
Is there a retail version or is it a digital download?

Forum Posts: 1227
Comment #6 by Gho-Zti
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 01:36:02 AM
Loved this, when Dodger played it. If it's a manageable trophy list, I'll pick it up.

Forum Posts: 39
Comment #7 by rhysthethird
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 02:35:56 AM
im hoping for a plat, this gake has a lot of endings and its not a short game, though you gotta love how the only VN game we get translated for the states/eu is about birds. Why is that? does japan not think we would buy VNs?

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Comment #8 by rpg49ers
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 04:57:22 AM
no plat, has 17 trophies.
15 bronze, 2 silver.

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Comment #9 by Shuffle
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 05:31:25 AM
@7 There are other Visual Novels being localized, but mostly for PS3 and Vita. But only a handful of them. PS4 itself is kind of lacking in the Visual Novel department even in Japan since most of them are for PS3 and Vita. The real issue with Visual Novels is that it takes quite a bit of money and time to translate a game from Japanese to English. So has to be a guaranteed seller, and be able to profit from it. Usually companies would just say like oh it's too risky to localize this game. But IMO, I say don't underestimate fans.

I do realize that companies like NISA, Atlus, Aksys, XSEED, etc. are pretty niche companies and only have a few staff members compared to bigger companies which does make things a bit harder, but sometime a risk can be beneficial.

Forum Posts: 118
Comment #10 by kozi1200
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 07:45:49 AM
The dream is real!

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Comment #11 by Hisuiryu
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 07:56:06 AM
A route for Tohri?! Looks like I've got to get this release now.

Seriously though everyone should play Hatoful

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Comment #12 by ShadowStar83x
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 08:34:48 AM
What the hell?!

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Comment #13 by mjc0961
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 12:59:07 PM
@7: They know we wouldn't, and they're right. The kind of stories and tropes and whatnot they enjoy in Japan aren't enjoyed by the majority of western audiences. For most people, if they want to read a book, they're going to read an actual book and get a far more interesting story than they will out of a Japanese visual novel (I'm sorry, but every translated visual novel I've seen has had an absolutely crap story, and Hatoful Boyfriend is no exception). And if they want to play a video game, they're going to play an actual video game. Visual novels are not video games, they're as they say on the tin: novels. Visual novels are books with their own special e-reader software that only shows one or two sentences at a time so you have to turn the page more often, and in exchange for less screen real estate dedicated to the book, you get static pictures of characters that sometimes change facial expression slightly. Sometimes they have some choices in there, but that doesn't make it a video game, that makes it a choose your own adventure novel.

So yeah, the bulk of western audiences will not buy visual novels because they suck at being good books and they suck at being good video games. You have to REALLY be into that style of Japanese story to overlook how poorly visual novels are presented, and most people in the west aren't.

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Comment #14 by MegaHentai
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 01:55:37 PM

Yeah, I'll be taking a good look at the Vita version.

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Comment #15 by Mardolina
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 03:55:55 PM
This game is a must have for every bird fan.

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Comment #16 by Jerry Appleby
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 06:17:18 PM
@13 Don't speak on behalf of the entire gaming community, because there are people out there like myself that enjoy playing these types of games.

Just because YOU don't like a game, don't say that everyone hates these types of games. Sure VN's are not as popular in NA except for a small market of gamers, but I for one really enjoy the stories on them!

Games like 999, Virtue's Last Reward, Danganronpa, even XBlaze are ones that I've played and read through the entire story, and I absolutely loved them. I have enjoyed them more than actual books because the visuals and music are nice, and also easy trophies :D

Forum Posts: 265
Comment #17 by ZACHSP8
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 07:18:50 PM
I'll wait for it on PS+ and then I still wont play

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Comment #18 by digiboy123
Saturday, July 11, 2015 @ 09:13:03 PM
This is some weird shit! But I'm kind of interested, considering I feed about 50 birds a day. I couldn't look at my pigeon in the same way...

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Comment #19 by MegaHentai
Sunday, July 12, 2015 @ 08:57:00 AM
@16: Yeah, but that's kind of the point, Jerry. He didn't say that "everyone hates these types of games". He said that "most people in the west" wouldn't buy them. Just because you are in that slim minority doesn't change the fact that it's a minority. It's like the porn industry: there will always be *someone* out there willing to cater to your extremely niche fetish, but that doesn't mean it will be showing up in Playboy any time soon.

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Comment #20 by Shuffle
Monday, July 13, 2015 @ 07:22:17 AM
Visual Novels are pretty much made for specific people which even includes Japanese fans. Of course there just happens to be more of those kind of people in Japan than in the West. But Visual Novels are not exactly trying to compete with something like Call Of Duty, Assassin's Creed or Uncharted either.

So basically Visual Novels are niche games even in Japan where most of them come from. So kind of irrelevant to say that most Westerners wouldn't care for these type of games. Visual Novels are made for a small crowd of people who usually enjoy stuff like Anime or at least any kind of Anime-style game. In Japan they also have the added bonus being able to play the game on the go since Japanese fans like to bring their Vitas, 3DS, PSP, and Smartphones with them wherever they go and Visual Novels are perfect for those kind of times.

They're fun games where you pretty much control the story based on your choices that you make. Like say you have a Romantic Comedy Anime that has a Visual Novel version but the Anime doesn't go in the direction you want it to go, well you can change that yourself by playing the game. And even then it's awesome playing each character's route and triggering the flags that lead to their Happy Ending.

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Devolver Digital


US July 21, 2015
Europe July 21, 2015

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