When it was released in 2006 for the PS2, Bully was a slightly misunderstood but well received title. Sadly, besides the re-released Scholarship Edition for the Wii and Xbox, the series has been stagnant — something that may be changing in the next year.
Speaking to Gamasutra, Rockstar’s Dan Houser hinted that a Bully sequel may be next in the pipeline for the company after the release of Max Payne 3.
“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. There was just no impetus to do that then,” he said. “So we said, ‘You can do Max, and then we will see what we can do with Bully.’ So it was really waiting for the slot to open up and the group to open up to at least start work on it.”
“Basically we have been meaning to start [Max Payne 3] for a while, but we have limited bandwidth and limited studios, and more games to make than we’ve started. So suddenly it was a good slot,” Houser said, explaining why it took eight years to follow up Max Payne 2.