Whereas Rockstar video games could also be principally recognized for its Grand Theft Auto and Purple Lifeless Redemption sequence, many players have fond recollections of the studios’ different titles resembling Midnight Membership and a genuinely distinctive spin-off open-world within the type of Bully.
For the uninitiated, Bully is an open-world sport set in Bullworth Academy the place gamers take management of a mischievous child, Jimmy Hopkins, in his adventures. Bully had Rockstar’s signature attraction of a satirical tackle the subject material, which meant that followers of the Grand Theft Auto sequence felt distinctly at dwelling, all whereas seeing an open-world sport in a completely new mild.
Bully launched for the PlayStation 2 in October of 2006. The sport additionally acquired a remastered port in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, and PC. Each of those releases have been well-received by the group and critics alike; nonetheless, Bully had been the topic of many heated debates relating to the depiction of bullying.
That did not cease the sport from turning into a gross sales success. Whereas no precise grand complete is recognized, the PS2 launch itself bought greater than 1.5 million copies. Steam has additionally bought greater than 1,000,000 copies of the sport alone, and plenty of followers imagine that the whole gross sales have been over 6 million as of 2019. These gross sales figures won’t have been on par with the studio’s different heavy-hitters resembling Grand Theft Auto 4, however it had probably made the studio content material to speculate additional within the franchise.
Quickly, after the sport had been re-released in 2008, rumors began circulating in regards to the launch of the following sport. The unique composer of Bully, Shawn Lee, had acknowledged in an interview that he can be engaged on the sequel very quickly. After a short interval of silence, Rockstar’s government Dan Houser had commented on the potential of Bully 2 not popping out too quickly because the studio is in opposition to releasing sequels rapidly.
In the identical interview when Dan Houser talked in regards to the future launch of Bully 2, he additionally mentioned that the obligations for creating the sport moved over to Rockstar Vancouver, however it will solely proceed after the discharge of Max Payne 3, which got here out in 2012. Following the discharge, the studio was merged with Rockstar Toronto, the studio behind Grand Theft Auto 5.
With these studios merged into one, seemingly for delivering Purple Lifeless Redemption 2, Bully 2 would stay in silence as solely rumors have been heard after Grand Theft Auto 5‘s launch. Whereas nothing will be mentioned definitively, many followers imagine that the sport hadn’t begun a lot manufacturing and was canned as early as 2010.
The voice actor for Bully‘s protagonist Gerry Rosenthal was interviewed final 12 months in regards to the matter, to which he mentioned that he hadn’t but been contacted by Rockstar Video games to do the voice work for a sequel. It may’ve been that the artist was underneath an NDA(Non-Disclosure-Settlement), however this was rapidly debunked as he denied such a factor. Nevertheless, a chance stays that the following sport would not in reality function the protagonist of the primary sport, remaining a thriller to today.
There have been a number of studies that the challenge was canned someday round 2010 after the crew had spent nearly 18 months engaged on the sport. Many trade insiders additionally supported this story throughout their numerous interviews of the years, whereas some sources additionally acknowledged that the sport began manufacturing once more in 2010, after the discharge of Purple Lifeless Redemption, and the challenge was in the end canned round 2015. It’s believed that the sport needed to be canceled as Purple Lifeless Redemption 2 and the following Grand Theft Auto required extra sources than ever. Since then, the largest leaks and rumors have been the discharge of some confirmed to be faux screenshots of the sport together with some Easter eggs present in Grand Theft Auto On-line and Purple Lifeless Redemption 2, which may level to a sequel. Historical past says in any other case, although.
Most indicators level to an total slim probability that Bully 2 will ever see the sunshine of day. Rockstar’s present portfolio appears to be creating the subsequent entry within the Grand Theft Auto franchise, Grand Theft Auto 6. Whereas there is not a lot info recognized about its launch window, evidently Rockstar is attempting to mitigate its crunch tradition now. Many followers have taken all of the rumors relating to Grand Theft Auto 6 into consideration and predict that the sport would not hit cabinets till 2025, or presumably even later.
Nevertheless, there may be nonetheless some probability that Rockstar Video games is attempting to maintain the Bully franchise related. Just lately, the studio’s merchandise named R* Warehouse launched a set of Bullworth caps. Many followers are speculating that Rockstar Video games may finally tease a second Bully sport, however nothing will be mentioned definitively proper now.
Bully is accessible now on Android, iOS, PC, PS2, and Xbox 360.