Last night, insider Tom Henderson wrote that at the previous The Game Awards 2021, Rockstar Games seemed to show a sequel to Bully. The information was rather vague and unconfirmed, so the French site Rockstar Mag took up the investigation.
True Detective Story
First, the publication authors contacted Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier, who said that he had not heard of the sequel to Bully. The reporters then wrote to Henderson, who clarified the situation a bit. According to him, some game journalists signed a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with Rockstar Games, saw the gameplay footage before TGA 2021 and expected the announcement, but it did not happen.
Henderson noted that now the gaming media is awaiting the announcement of a new Bully title for the foreseeable future. He also stressed that the NDAs have also signed two retail chains of gaming stores (for example, GameStop), which are often present at such private screenings.
Henderson posted a very curious tweet in which he emphasised that many sites that link to his insights have not yet written anything about Bully – the same thing, by the way, happened with the Dawn of Ragnarok add-on for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (remember NDA), which Tom leaked last week.
Rockstar Mag believes that the unannounced Bully project is most likely a remaster or a remake of the original game using Unreal Engine 4, which the in-house studio of Rockstar Games is handling this time. The media thinks that the Rockstar Dundee team is working on it, which, as it turns out, is not involved in GTA: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.
Insiders Took the Trail
Reliable insiders Tez2 and Yan2295, who have already shared reliable information about different Rockstar games many times, talked about Bully 2 back in 2020. The studio cancelled development back in 2017, which happened for the third time.
Tez2 commented on the matter on the GTA series forum, and Yan2295 confirmed his words, but this time on Reddit.
According to insiders, the preliminary production phase of GTA VI began in 2015 and then slowed down in 2017 due to work on Red Dead Redemption 2 and Bully 2. In 2018, the developers decided to temporarily freeze the sequel to the Jimmy game and concentrate on the sixth part more lucrative GTA franchise.
Rockstar Games has likely decided to postpone the announcement of a potential Bully: The Definitive Edition until better times when the audience cools down after the disaster with the reissue of the GTA trilogy.