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Report: Bully 2 “Was Playable” But “Never Got Off the Ground” After a Year of Development

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Bully Scholarship Edition gameplay screenshot 1

A recent report has claimed that a sequel to Rockstar Games’s Bully was in development for over a year but was eventually scrapped.

According to an anonymous source talking to VGC, Rockstar Games co-founder Dan Houser and a small team wrote a script for Bully 2 in 2008, with some of the game’s early scenes at protagonist Jimmy’s step-dad’s house at the end of a school year.

A second source also told VGC that the full story was never finalised, though depictions of school or college were being discussed.

A team at Rockstar New England spent between 12–18 months building a concept for the game between the release of Red Dead Redemption in May 2010 and Grand Theft Auto V in September 2013.

The build included a “very small slice” of the game using the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), which was first used for Rockstar Games Presents Table Tennis in 2006, and later Grand Theft Auto IVRed Dead RedemptionMax Payne 3, Grand Theft Auto V, and Red Dead Redemption 2.

Bully Scholarship Edition gameplay screenshot 2

The team working on the build was led by Drew Medina, principal artist at Rockstar New England, and Steven Olds, visualisation director at Rockstar New York.

According to the anonymous source, however, the game “fizzled out” after some time, and the team’s focus moved elsewhere.

“It existed, it was playable, it was just a shame it never got off the ground.”

A sequel to Bully has been rumoured for quite some time. In October last year, casting calls ignited rumours of the game.

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Rhain Radford-Burns
Rhain discovered a long time ago that mixing one of his passions (video games) with the other (writing) might be a good idea, and now he’s been stuck in the industry for over six years with no means of escaping. His favourite games are those with deep and captivating narratives: while it would take far too long to list them all, some include L.A. Noire, Red Dead Redemption (and its sequel), Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Last of Us, and the Uncharted series.

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