According to a new leak, Rockstar spent more than a year working on a sequel to the original Bully in the early 2010s, but the project failed to get off the ground.
The original Bully game came out in 2006 and was a hit with Rockstar fans, but since then, any news or updates for a potential sequel are few and far between.
There have been a few apparent Bully Easter Eggs found in other Rockstar games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, and supposed leaks about a Bully sequel, but so far, there's nothing concrete from Rockstar themselves.
Rockstar has taken a shot at Bully 2 already
VideoGamesChronicle has apparently heard from a source inside Rockstar that claims the so-called Bully 2 sequel was in development in the early 2010s, but was scrapped shortly after it began.
Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser and a group of developers apparently wrote a script for Bully as early as 2008, which contained the first few scenes and an outline of the rest of the story, according to VGC's sources.
The story would have starred Jimmy, who was the protagonist of the first game, and many returning characters. It began at Jimmy’s step-dad’s house in the summer at the end of a school year, VGC's source said, which are similar to claims reported by Bully YouTuber SWEGTA.
A team at Rockstar New England spent time fleshing out the game and it's story around the same time in 2010 and 2013, the source claimed, and spent between a year and 18 months on the sequel.
So, why don't we have a Bully sequel already? According to VGC's sources, Bully 2 "fizzled out," and the team behind development eventually moved on to other projects.
“It existed, it was playable, it was just a shame it never got off the ground,” the source told VGC, who also pointed out that a lot of developers who worked at Rockstar New England during that time period list an “unannounced game” on their resumes.
Will we ever get a Bully 2?
Speculation about Bully 2 has been running wild recently, with fans apparently finding clues all over the place - even in a recent GTA Online Casino update.
There was even talk floating around that Rockstar could reveal Bully 2 at E3 2019, but that turned out to be just a rumor, as E3 came and went.
Red Dead Redemption fans had to wait almost a decade between the first game and RDR2, so if a Bully sequel ever does come out it, would be more than a decade between games - and hopefully well worth the wait.