Bully 2 on Rockstar's radar

Grand Theft Auto studio head Dan Houser suggests Rockstar Vancouver could return to school-set franchise after Max Payne 3.

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Rockstar Games has a stable of intellectual properties, and while it may not churn out sequels on an annual basis, follow-ups are quite common on a longer time frame. Grand Theft Auto V and Max Payne 3 are both set for release next year, and the publisher may be looking to turn one of its other properties into a franchise as well.

A new Bully game could be in the cards.

The cofounder and vice president of creative at Rockstar, Dan Houser, told Gamasutra that the publisher may be returning to the critically well-received Bully following the release of Max Payne 3. Rockstar Vancouver, the main team currently on Max Payne 3, was the primary studio behind Bully, and Houser said the developer has a similar affinity for both properties.

Houser also spoke specifically to why the publisher did not go into a sequel following the original's release. "So we knew that we didn't want to start doing the Bully sequel instantly at that second with those guys--even though it is a property that, like Max, we adore and might come back to in the future," said Houser. "There was just no impetus to do that then. So we said, 'You can do Max, and then we will see what we can do with Bully.'"

The VP also spoke more broadly about Rockstar's approach to sequels, saying it likes to give its games ample development time. "[Almost] every time we have worked in any kind of excessively quick time span, it hasn't been something we enjoyed, or thought we were able to express ourselves properly, or make it interesting," said Houser. "With any property or new property, it takes as long as it takes. You have to make the right game before you release it."

For more on Rockstar's Bully, check out GameSpot's review.

Discussion

174 comments
Goh299
Goh299

I think if they make a new bully, they should make it more of complex story, like choose your own path. Maybe put goths, preps, jocks, nerds, and make it where you can join there society, and make them rivals, like goths hate preps but like nerds jocks hate nerds but like preps just make it more complex and like a survival of the fittest style. I want to be the star quarter back and date the head cheerleader, or be the biggest nerd and date the hottest goth. I also want it like if your a jock and you date a nerd or goth that you get judged and make it to where rumors get spread or where you can spread rumors. And make it to where like if your a bad boy certain people judge you before getting to know you. Last no more Hopkins, he done ruled the school make it to where its been a few years and his legacy died, and go about like freshmen to seniors. That is all

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

I for see one of two things: Option one is for them to focus on a completely new character at a completely different prep school, Option two is for them to follow Jimmy going to college and go for an M rated take on the series. 

drowzee7
drowzee7

i loved the 1st bully for the ps2 and loved the xbox360 version. yes i know bullying is bad but i still love the game please make a new bully 

escritora84
escritora84

As much as I hate the lag between new games, Rockstar is spot on when it comes to putting quality over quantity, and it shows in their games. I'd rather wait 4-5 years for a really great game than have them come out with a bunch of mediocre ones every year.  I wish EA would follow this model, but that's like asking pigs to fly....

twizwit
twizwit

If Bully 2 comes out, I wonder how people will react to the game considering the fact that people were extremely angry about the first game and bullying is about three times as bad these days and we also have an educational documentary about bullying.

blackviper16
blackviper16

this should be more fun then bully 1

 

awolmonkeys03
awolmonkeys03

I loved this game please make a bully 2 it woulod be amazing!!!

 

99steven9
99steven9

what id love is a bully 2!!!:D and another game like san andreas all gangs and stuff :)

 

555davo555
555davo555

I love that all rock games theres 3 are red dead redeption gta and bully

555davo555
555davo555

Please creat a new blully 2 !!!!!! I like to be continued a school edition story

kmccann8448
kmccann8448

Make a Bully Sequeeellllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OneSamTwoCups
OneSamTwoCups

Bully 2 would be fantastic, I just wish Rockstar didn't rule out Manhunt 3 so quickly, that's my second favorite Rockstar game. Had a real unsettling feel to it. But Bully is definitely one of the best. If they make it, they better keep it in high school, not college. High school is way more awful then college, plus, it's better, comedy-wise.

geoff-uk123
geoff-uk123

A Bully sequel would be a great idea. The first one was unique, and they could improve on that using the RAGE engine.

zombieshot115
zombieshot115

i love how R* doesnt stay on one series forever. they bring back old games but also make new ones and they dont add anything thats not needed. I would love to see a bully sequel, if it were any other company i would be worried about them ruining the game with a sequel but R* wont fail. Keep the same Bully sound track but add more to it too. basically just make the story longer, make alot more to do, keep the feel, add a bigger social system since its school, and whatever else you think of do it. after RDR i know bully will be the best!

coop36
coop36

Bully is my favorite Rockstar game, followed closely by Red Dead. Yeah I enjoy GTA Ive played them since the old GTA 2. But Bully has way more charm and I would dare say even more to do than in Red Dead and GTA combined (as far as games and side stuff). The fighting system is alot better as well.

Grim_Reaper007
Grim_Reaper007

Would love a new bully game. I had a special connection with the game since my name is Jimmy using a character of the same name felt really cool. Currently playing scholarship edition again on 360, so damn fun.

Green_Chaos
Green_Chaos

I'm excited to hear the news of a sequel to Bully.I really enjoyed the game as well as other games from rockstar.

Jurassic85
Jurassic85

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Jurassic85
Jurassic85

A lot of companies tack on multiplayer to games when it isn't needed, but R* always does such a great job I would love to see it on Bully 2. They could make it like RDR and have tons of modes (Dodgeball, fighting with slingshots, etc). It would be so awesome, especially if they added character creation.

hoscba
hoscba

Now this I can't wait for either, Rockstar..soo much gaming love

lightkemuk
lightkemuk

everything that rockstar do are totally awesome.all rockstar collection game i have it

Kaunte
Kaunte

Just to be clear, even though Rockstar is great, they did NOT make Max Payne 1&2 or L.A Noire, even if you all give them credit for those games. (Well they did have their hand in Noire, but MP was all Remedy)

VilandasUK
VilandasUK

The one thing that I love about Rockstar's is that they at least know what the fans want I mean bully was a unbelievably awesome game played it and wanted more so now they say we might start working on Bully 2 and that brings a smile to everyone's faces. Love the news :lol:

RgvXavi
RgvXavi

Bully is one of those games that I was skeptical of so I waited and bought it used for $10 at the pawn shop. Once I played it I came to the conclusion that I would have had no problem paying full price. Everything from the lab's to the tasks was a blast. R* has to be the best game company right now followed closely by Bethesda.

peanut1229
peanut1229

rockstar is DEFINITELY stepping their game up! i never played any max payne but its appearently popular, so i need to try it, i love grand theft auto, san andreas was my favorite, i love red dead! and L.A. Noire was amazing! i also enjoyed bully! man i love rockstar! i think its one of THE best companies out there.

tino299
tino299

first gta v then bully and the last max payne 3

TurboGuru
TurboGuru

Part of the appeal with Bully is that almost anyone can relate to the theme of the game ..... "high school". For many, the game will allow them to experience how high school played out if they had their way, or maybe you were the ass***le in high school who gave everyone wedgies and want to do it all over again, something for everyone.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@gstealer Here here! I'd raise a glass if there were an emoticon for that. Brilliant stuff.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

i loved bully so much i still play it from time to time bully2 will be even better im sure of it.

valentinetru
valentinetru

"With any property or new property, it takes as long as it takes. You have to make the right game before you release it."... This is why I love R*. Can't wait for Bully 2 to come out.

gstealer
gstealer

Talk about a REAL gaming company... R* has earned my respect for everything they've done... I'm not a fanboy by any means, but I'm a loyal customer who respects them so much.. They care for their customers by giving us great games and series... Thank you R* and company.

nevryn
nevryn

@gotrekfabian Oh I guarantee several interest groups will use it as their rallying cry to try to get video games censored, again. Pretty much every R* game results in that. Plus I'm sure some morons in the US congress will take it up as an attempt to distract the masses from any real problems. "Look everybody at how EVIL this company is, they're corrupting our youth." Of course no one raised before video games turned out evil right? I mean I'm pretty sure Rupert Murdoch and Bernie Madoff grew up without them, and just look at what model citizens they turned out to be.

Badmutha
Badmutha

@muzza93 I was right with ya up until you said State of Emergency... what a steaming pile that was. I feel a little sick just thinking about it.

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

Reading this article makes me want to get my old PS2 out and play through Bully again... oh sorry I meant "Canis Canem Edit" cos that's what they called it here :D

DiamondSlicer
DiamondSlicer

Bully was just something entirely new and refreshing. The sequel will be so awesome, I just know it.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

Gotta appreciate a company that feels it should take its time and make sure things are done right before releasing a game. So what they take 3-5 years to make a game? 9 times out of 10 you'll be more than happy you spent your money on their product.

GuilhermeHQ
GuilhermeHQ

"With any property or new property, it takes as long as it takes. You have to make the right game before you release it." Enough said.

face_ripper
face_ripper

One of the few company's that don't milk money out of their fans. R* games deserve everything i spend on them

muzza93
muzza93

Rockstars games are second to none. my favourite game company by FAR. I mean GTA, Bully, Max Payne, The Warriors, State Of Emergency, ManHunt, Red Dead, they dont know how to make bad games.

muzza93
muzza93

GTA V, Max Payne 3 and Bully 2? tremendous.

m2rg
m2rg

awesome! But we want more!!!another bloody manhunt and anoher warriors please!

TonyEcto
TonyEcto

 @twizwit have you even played the first Bully? Bully had you playing as a Bully, sure. But as one that fought against the even bigger bullies of Bullworth, and the whole point was you were fighting for yourself, not for other bullies, or other nerds or whatever other cliche was in this game. Even if this game was called "Bully" It did not revolve around you being a Bully to others to beat the game. It revolved around you being a Bully to the even BIGGER Bullies.