Do you remember Bully? We have information on its sequel

The Bully game sequel could have come out a few years ago, if Rockstar Games hadn’t decided otherwise.

Those who spent their childhood or adolescence during the 2000s still remember the video game bully, also called Canis Canem Edit in some countries. This action-adventure game released in 2006 put you in the shoes of Jimmy Hopkins, a young teenager who is trying to find a place among several groups of friends at school, each more cruel than the other … everything like him after all. At the time, rumors were rife about the sequel to the game, which ultimately never appeared.

And yet, she was well in development! Former employees of one of the Rockstar studios recently revealed some information on the long-awaited sequel. Bully 2 was in fact under development within the Rockstar New England studio, which had taken over the title’s directive from Rockstar Vancouver. It looks like the impressive success of the first game would have prompted Rockstar Games to turn it into a franchise.

The studio wanted to be Rockstar’s baby boy in a way, but it’s really tough when Rockstar North was the one producing all the golden eggs at the time. Living in the shadow of someone who casts a long shadow like Rockstar North, and trying to usurp that role, is really difficult and almost impossible. But damn it, they tried.

A concern for priority

However, at the time, the publisher was on several projects at the same time, some of which came to crush Bully 2. We’re talking about here of Max Payne 3 or even Red Dead Redemption first of the name, one of the company’s masterpieces. In 2009, the project was therefore abandoned, and the sequel to Bully was never put on the carpet again. One of the developers explains:

It was going to be really cool. What we had was pretty amazing, especially considering the very short period of time we worked on it. It would certainly have been very unique, very interesting, certainly a lot of fun. We worked on a lot of interesting mechanics that don’t exist in other games yet. “.

A redemption that was not unanimous

In addition to revealing details about the sequel to bully, the developers have also testified to the working conditions under the supervision of Rockstar, because, in fact, the studio has not always worked under this “prestigious” name. Before being bought by the publisher, the studio was called Mad Doc Software. During the buyout, employees gradually saw more precarious working conditions appear, especially during the crunch, a trying period in the development of a game.

This concern is also one of the factors that pushed the studio to abandon the development of Bully 2, in addition to the waves of layoffs which saw about 10% of the total workforce of the studio leave. The rest was allocated to other projects bit by bit. However, this does not mean that a sequel will never be included in the program of Rockstar Games. A formal comeback, even in the form of a reboot, would have the potential to restart the franchise.

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