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Everything we know about Bully 2: Leaks, teases, canceled build & more

Published: 21/Jan/2022 14:33

by Sam Smith

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It feels like Rockstar has been teasing Bully 2 for years now, but will we ever get to return to the Bullworth academy? Here’s everything we know about Bully 2.

The original Bully, known as Canis Canem Edit (Latin for dog eat dog) in some regions, came out in 2006 and Rockstar has never ruled out a sequel. Rumors and alleged leaks pointing to a Bully 2 have been doing the rounds for years without anything concrete from Rockstar.

With some sources claiming a Bully 2 announcement is imminent, we’ve decided to gather everything we know about the game in one place. Bully 2 remains unconfirmed at this stage, but more and more leaks and rumors are appearing, suggesting that Rockstar may be about to take your lunch money all over again.

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Artwork from Rockstar Games' Bully
Rockstar Games
Could we see a return to Bullworth Academy?

Is there a Bully 2 release date yet?

Bully 2 has not been formally announced by Rockstar, therefore no release date has been provided. However, according to a now-deleted tweet from industry insider Tom Henderson, we could see a Bully 2 announcement very soon.

In another series of tweets, Henderson mentioned some people have seen a “Playable version” of Bully 2 and that the game was supposed to be shown at the 2021 Game Awards, but nothing appeared.

Another reliable leaker, SWEGTA corroborated Henderson’s story, tweeting, “Expect some Bully 2 news momentarily.” While both leakers have a reliable track record, we’d advise taking their words with a pinch of salt until Rockstar provides evidence that backs up their claims.

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If however, hypothetically speaking, both leakers are correct, and the sequel is revealed in the coming weeks, then the game could feasibly release in 2022. However, this is all speculation based on two tweets and should be treated as such.

Bully 2 was playable at one point

According to a fresh report from GameInformer, development on Bully 2 had “eight hours” of “fully rendered, fully realized” gameplay.

Bully 1 screenshot
Rockstar Games
Bully originally launched on PS2 before being ported to HD consoles.

Thanks to a team of around 50 to 70 people working on the game, Bully 2 was fully playable before Rockstar’s initial cancellation. However, development on some of Rockstar’s other leading projects caused progress on the game to be halted, and the company subsequently canceled the game.

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All this was taken from former employees of Rockstar New England. Not all of the assets for Bully 2 were scrapped though, as lots of the created material was reworked and used in later games like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Bully 2 canceled?

With all the new information that has come to light, it begs the ultimate question: “Has Bully 2 been canceled forever?” The real answer is quite simple, no one knows. Leaks and rumors have persisted for years, and as we said earlier, the game did not appear at the 2021 Game Awards as rumored.

Leaks and rumors have persisted for years, and as we said earlier, the game did not appear at the 2021 Game Awards as rumored. However a report from Game Informer suggests that Bully 2 was indeed canceled by Rockstar.

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The report also states that Bully 2 would have featured a morality system, meaning players may be able to walk the path of an anti-hero instead of a ruthless bully. This would have mirrored Red Dead in many way. Other mechanics such as tree climbing have also been reported.

A former employee stated that the project was canceled in 2010 and was being worked on by Rockstar Vancouver. Of course, just because Bully 2 was canceled in one form doesn’t mean Rockstar couldn’t resurrect it in another. Therefore, take every report with a pinch of salt until Rockstar say otherwise.

Bull 2
Rockstar Games
The original Bully was originally released in 2006 and fans have been clamoring for a sequel since.

Teases from Rockstar

Bullworth Academy baseball caps started to appear on Rockstar’s online store in 2019. Their appearance was considered surprising and possibly associated with the sequel, although others saw this as Rockstar simply selling merchandise related to one of their IPs and nothing to get too excited about.

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Then, in 2020, the phrase “Bullying the weak” was spotted on Rockstar’s official website in cryptic jumbled text. This was seen by some as a tease for Bully 2, giving fans fresh hope that the franchise would continue.

A mysterious job listing was also spotted earlier that year, looking for someone with a “deep appreciation” for the importance clothing plays in society. This also fuelled speculation that the game was in development.

Jimmy Hopkins from the Rockstar Game "Bully"
Rockstar Games
Jimmy Hopkins was the playable character in Bully.

Bully 2 possible settings

If Bully 2 is in development, it’s likely gone through several iterations before Rockstar decided on a final version. As the original game was released in 2006, it’s unlikely to resemble any early sequel ideas from this time.

Jimmy, the protagonist from the first game, could return, however, the sequel would need to be set in the late 2000s if the character was to still be in school. While it’s only speculation on our part, we imagine Rockstar would be more likely to create a new playable character in an updated version of Bullworth Academy.

This would allow the game to make use of a more modern setting, as well as all the gameplay opportunities this brings. This is exactly what Rockstar does in their GTA and Red Dead franchises, creating a new character to exist in a new era, even if the setting is similar.

School and even bullying, have evolved in this digital age, so it would be interesting to see how Rockstar updates this challenging topic in the series. As this is a highly sensitive subject, the company would need to tread carefully, finding a way to make an entertaining videogame without glamorizing bullying or abuse.

Let’s not forget that this challenge may be too difficult, even for the creators of Grand Theft Auto. Therefore, until Rockstar formally confirms Bully 2, take all of the above with a huge spoonful of salt. We will however keep you updated right here, if and when more updates arrive.


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