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Bully 2 Release Date Update: Rockstar Reveals The Reason For Delay

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Bully (Credits: Rockstar)

Bully is a game that a super hit and it was loved by many gamers because of its premises, gameplay and the characters. Fans were looking forward to the second installment of the game but it never came. But recently the reason behind it was revealed by the Rockstar branch that resides in England. It was revealed that Rockstar New England had spent more than a year on the sequel of 2006’s Bully in 2010. They even created a playable build with basic open-world gameplay.

The Developers Worked On Bully 2 In Early 2010s

Rockstar co-founder Dan Houser and his most trusted developers were writing a script for Bully as early as 2008, which contained the first few scenes and an outline of the rest of the story. It was by the source which corroborates anonymous claims reported by Bully YouTuber SWEGTA, in this, we follow the story of Jimmy, who is the hero of the first game, and featured many returning characters. It began at Jimmy’s step-dad’s house in the summer at the end of a school year.

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Bully (Credits: Rockstar)

It was said that the team didn’t decide where the story would take Jimmy and that depicting some of his time back in education, perhaps at school or college. Later, in 2010, it was said that a team at Rockstar New England spent between a year and 18 months building out the concept. It was said that the playable version of Bully 2 was described as a “very small slice” of the game, complete with simplistic open-world gameplay. It had the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), the same engine used for Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5, Max Payne 3, and both Red Dead Redemption games.

But Bully 2 didn’t build momentum and ultimately “fizzled out”. The team that was working on it was moved to other projects. “It existed, it was playable, it was just a shame it never got off the ground,” they said. Moreover, many developers that worked at Rockstar New England during the time period list an “unannounced game” on their CVs. This isn’t the first time that the name Bully was heard of as it was reported by SWEGTA, a music composer appeared to confirm Bully 2 in late 2009, and Dan Houser later hinted the studio wasn’t finished with the series. Furthermore, it was told that Rockstar could explore Bully 2 again in the future but it hasn’t been confirmed.