While GTA 6 Languishes in Limbo, Rockstar Reportedly Working on 2 More Sequels of Banned 17 Year Old Game

While GTA 6 Languishes in Limbo, Rockstar Reportedly Working on 2 More Sequels of Banned 17 Year Old Game
Featured Video

Apart from relying on their biggest cash cow, the Grand Theft Auto series, the 2000s witnessed a variety of titles being published by Rockstar Games. And like the GTA series, some of them weren’t immune to heavy media scrutiny, following their sensitive subject matter, but eventually garnered a dedicated fanbase, becoming cult classics in the years that followed.

Advertisement

This involved releases like Manhunt and Bully, but in the case of the latter, the planned sequel to the game never saw the end of the tunnel. However, it seems there once might’ve been some ambitious plans for the IP, according to the new leaks.

Also read: Rockstar Games Annoy and Disappoint Fans after Terribly Lacklustre Announcement Trailer for Red Dead Redemption Port

Advertisement
Rockstar
Rockstar

Bully 2 and 3 Were Reportedly in the Works According to Former Rockstar Employee

Although Bully might not have garnered the reception it deserved upon its release, even getting banned from Brazil, the later years witnessed fans stumbling back to this game and falling in love with it. The game also succeeded in separating itself from other Rockstar tiles by applying the GTA formula to the tumultuous grounds of Bullworth Academy, which helped it earn cult-classic status.

Bully | Rockstar Games
Bully | Rockstar Games

Even though it seemed the acclaimed studios might not jump in this direction again following the initial media backlash, reports suggest that they once did have some plans stored for Bully. After former Rockstar Research Video Editor Jon Young’s LinkedIn profile was unearthed, the two standout titles among all the listed projects were Bully 2 and Bully 3. Keeping in mind that Young served the studio from 2005-2018, the period which witnessed the game peak, it appears Rockstar once might have a trilogy in mind for the controversial IP.

Also read: Rockstar Games Annoy and Disappoint Fans after Terribly Lacklustre Announcement Trailer for Red Dead Redemption Port

Advertisement
Bully (2008)
Bully (2008)

Sequels to Bully Were Reportedly Scrapped in Favor of Red Dead Redemption

This isn’t the first time reports regarding the existence of a sequel to Bully broke out, as previous rumors suggested that Rockstar was working on reviving the IP on various points. But some reports claimed the reportedly planned sequel to Bully was canceled in favor of Red Dead Redemption, which will be coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, without any new content. And even though it can’t be said for sure if Bully 3 was ever in the works, which Young’s profile seems to imply, if it was, it’s safe to assume that it might’ve suffered the same fate as its reported predecessor.

Also read: Rockstar Games Annoy and Disappoint Fans after Terribly Lacklustre Announcement Trailer for Red Dead Redemption Port

GTA 6 release date
Red Dead Redemption coming to Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on 17 August

With the studio fully committed to perfecting the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto franchise, it might be a long wait before a sequel to Bully is eventually greenlighted at the Rockstar headquarters.

Advertisement

Source: Jon Young’s LinkedIn

Avatar

Written by Santanu Roy

Articles Published: 1367

Santanu Roy is a film enthusiast with a deep love for the medium of animation while also being obsessed with The Everly Brothers, Billy Joel, and The Platters. Having expertise in everything related to Batman, Santanu spends most of his time watching and learning films, with Martin Scorsese and Park Chan-wook being his personal favorites. Apart from pursuing a degree in animation, he also possesses a deep fondness for narrative-driven games and is currently a writer at Fandomwire with over 1000 articles.