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Love is fleeting and, in Hatoful Boyfriend, it’s also feathered. A dating sim featuring a cast of pigeons, this oddball offering from Devolver Digital is finally available on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
Released this week on the PlayStation Network, Hatoful Boyfriend takes the visual novel style of gameplay and plugs it into a world where you’re the only human at a school run and attended by feathered fellows. The crazy creation of Hato Moa, you’re on the lookout for love at the St. PigeoNation Institute.
We first caught wind of Hatoful Boyfriend’s trip to the PS4 and Vita way back in November of 2014. At the time, Devolver Digital’s Graeme Struthers gave a quick rundown of the game that had already taken the PC crowd by surprise.
“Chat with birds of every feather, from narcoleptic school instructors to pigeon biker gangs, on your way to flirty encounters with potential suitors that set your heart aflutter,” Struthers explained. “Spend time with the ones that strike your fancy and ditch the ones that prove to be a bore.”
In other words, Hatoful is just like every other dating sim on the market only, you know, you date pigeons and stuff.
When you’re not too busy finding mister right, you’ll also be uncovering dark conspiracies, exploring unexpected twists and thwarting hellish fiends, according to Struthers. I’ve heard from several fans that the game dives into unexpected and surprisingly thought-proving territory in the later stages, so get ready for a wild ride.
Devolver’s Nigel Lowrie also spilled some details on the game in a PS Blog post, pointing out that the game is also a cross-buy title for the PS4 and Vita. Buy it on one console and you can play it on both for 10 bucks.
And in case you’re one of those folks who have already played the PC version, there’s some good news you might be interested in.
“Hatoful Boyfriend will also include a whole new romance option featuring Tohri, a character that previously only appeared in the Hatoful Boyfriend: Holiday Star sequel,” Lowrie explained. “This new content means there is a whole new story path for longtime fans and new players to the series, as well as a brand new ending.”
The way I see it, you’ve got two choices here. You can either keep pouring more and more hours into Destiny or Fallout Shelter or whatever, or you can get swept off your feet by a bunch of hunky pigeons. I believe the choice is a clear one.