Pigeon Dating Simulator Hatoful Boyfriend Getting an English Remake

Devolver Digital and Mediatonic looking to remake bizarre Japanese visual novel Hatoful Boyfriend so English speakers can date pigeons as well.

Are you sitting down? If you’re not, you probably should just have a seat for a second. If you already are, you might want to just lie down on the floor. Maybe curl up into a ball. I’m not saying you should pray for death while there, but it couldn’t hurt. Ready? Well, you and I both know that Japan can make some…odd games. You know, really loopy stuff. Well, you may already know that a game came out of that country called Hatoful Boyfriend. You might also already know that fans translated it into English so people from this side of the world can play it. You might even know that it’s about a human girl who wants to date pigeons, but some of them are evil and want to kill her.

If you did not know those things, then you know why I sat you down at first. If you did, then I just want to tell you that Devolver Digital and Mediatonic are working on an official English remake of the game. From the mouth of Fork Parker, boss of Devolver Digital himself:

“Our research shows that consumer fatigue for space marines and dragons is at an all-time high – gamers are ready for something new and fresh…Semi-realistic pigeon dating simulations are the next great frontier in video games.”

So, soon, English speakers will be playing Hatoful Boyfriend savoring the fun of building a budding relationship with a bird in their native tongues without patching. Heady news, I know, and a fine excuse for someone who hasn’t tried the game to completely immerse themself in madness. Naturally, I want to play it, because of course Joel does, right? If you want to know more about it, go ahead and watch Peanut Butter Gamer’s excellent coverage of the game, and take a taste of what it means to truly experience a weird game.

Joel Couture
Joel Couture
Joel Couture

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A horror-obsessed gamer, Joel is still spending his days looking for something to scare himself as much as Fatal Frame. Even so, he has ridiculous action games and obscure gems to keep him happy in the meantime. A self-proclaimed aficionado of terrible retro games, he's always looking for a rotten game he hasn't played yet, and may be willing to exchange information for candy.

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