A sequel to Rockstar’s beloved Bully was in preliminary development, but was ultimately never finished, inside sources have claimed.
This news comes via VGC, which has reported that a Bully sequel was in the works in the early 2010s, but development ultimately “fizzled out” on the project.
The game was to feature Jimmy, the protagonist of the first game, again, although the team wasn’t entirely settled on the direction the game would take. It was to begin at Jimmy’s step-dad’s house during the summer holidays, but where it would have gone from there was never quite decided upon.
According to the report, Rockstar New England had a team that “spent between a year and 18 months” working on the concept for Bully 2, but the project never progressed beyond a “very small slice” of playable game. In 2013, development ceased and those involved moved on to other projects, VGC’s sources say.
Bully 2 has been rumoured for a long time now – a painting in GTA Online’s casino update referenced the game, which was enough to spark hope for some. Concept art that leaked in 2017 also got some player’s hopes are – odds are that the game remains cancelled, though.
The original Bully was released on PS2, before being ported to Wii, Xbox 360, PC, and mobile devices. It’s available on PS3 and a PS2 Classic title.