In-game screenshot of Bully 2 apparently leaked, but is it real? - Dexerto
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In-game screenshot of Bully 2 apparently leaked, but is it real?

Published: 14/Aug/2019 16:52 Updated: 26/Sep/2019 12:29

by Miguel Lozada

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Speculation about the potential for a sequel to Rockstar’s classic ‘Bully’ game has been picking up steam in 2019, so when a supposed in-game screenshot was leaked it immediately attracted attention – but is it real?

Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit (Latin for ‘dog eat dog’) in some countries, was first released in 2006, and since then news of a sequel has been quiet, with Rockstar’s attention focused firmly on Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption.

With Red Dead Redemption 2 now ticked off the list, and no official word yet on a GTA 6 (although there have been plenty of ‘leaks’), Bully 2 could be the next logical step.

The most recent leak, on August 7, claimed that an “anonymous Rockstar source” had alluded to a 2020 release date for Bully 2, on both current and next-gen consoles.

Some dismissed such a close release window however, given Rockstar would likely have already teased something if it really was coming next year, but perhaps this new screenshot could provide more answers.

The screenshot was apparently first shared by YouTuber TheNathanNS, who himself claims it was sent by yet another anonymous source, who he elects to keep anonymous to avoid any ‘trouble’.

YouTube: TheNathanNSThe leaked “screenshot” from Bully 2, via TheNathanNS.

H/T: ComicBook

Is the leaked Bully 2 screenshot real?

There are a few features of this image which could grant it some legitimacy, but there’s also others which might render it entirely fake.

The font used for the menu lettering may be familiar – it’s the same as was used in the anniversary edition of the original Bully. Although TheNathanNS reckons this could make it more legitimate, it could also suggest that a forger used the font style out of laziness, or to give the impression that it was a true sequel.

TheNathanNS remains somewhat convinced however, pointing out the likeness of the design to other graphics in the Bully franchise.

It’s certainly possible that this is a legitimate screenshot, but there’s every chance it’s a complete fabrication too.

For now, fans eager for Bully 2 will simply have to be patient and wait for an official Rockstar announcement, if there is to be one at all.

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Spider-Verse producer wants Spider-Man: Miles Morales glitches in sequel

Published: 28/Nov/2020 19:29

by Theo Salaun

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The transformational glitches in Spider-Man: Miles Morales are pretty hilarious. So hilarious, in fact, that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s producer, screenplay and story writer, Phil Lord, wants to use them in the hit movie’s sequel.

Lord and his filmmaking duo, Christopher Miller, are no strangers to animation or comedy. With titles like Spider-Verse, Lego Movie, and 21 Jump Street under their shared filmmaking belt, it’s no wonder that the two are unafraid of getting a little weird with the animated Spider-Man flick’s sequel.

And if you want inspiration for red and blue weirdness, look no further than the Miles Morales game. Playable on PS4 and PS5, the title has apparently been a massive success, with 97 percent of Google users enjoying it. While people are typically annoyed with launch day bugs, the issues with this one are just too funny to chastise. 

With weird, viral videos of players transforming into various inanimate objects, it was actually a transformation of a patio heater that caught Lord’s eye. Now, it appears that “Heater Parker” could become a reality in Spider-Verse 2.

Since the original Spider-Verse movie was chock-full of absurdities and goofy odes to different genres or pop-culture references, invoking a video game’s glitch should be no problem. And, as far as content goes, few things evoke comedic surrealism as much as a patio heater using a web to swing from building to building in New York City.

For Lord, at least, the randomized development mistake appears too funny to ignore as film inspiration: “We’re putting this in Spider-Verse 2 if we have any self-respect at all.”

Hopefully, he and Miller have as much self-respect as the title’s developers, Insomniac Games, have humility. In response to Lord’s tweet, which has since gone viral, the game’s makers couldn’t help but acknowledge their imperfections with a pun.

While we were under the impression that patio heaters were meant to heat patios, not hearts, the Insomniac reflection remains accurate: this silly, inanimate object glitch is “equally as embarrassing as it is heartwarming.”

But, above all else, they’re just funny. It could legitimately be one of gaming and cinema’s greatest, most randomly inspired crossovers if Spider-Verse 2 involves an alternate dimensional Heater Parker.