Video Games That Never Got a Sequel #3 - Bully

February 20, 2019
Video Games That Never Got a Sequel #3 - Bully
Image source: Rockstar Games Bully

Nowadays, you can see many series of video games getting numerous sequels and it doesn’t look like there’s an end to them. But, what about those older gems of the gaming world that never got a chance to expand? I wanted to look back at some of the examples and honor those standalone games that many gamers remember with fondness. Nostalgia warning ahead!

Everyone, we have an announcement to make, STOP BULLYING. A lot of kids have terrible high school experiences due to bullying. A lot of kids were bullies in high school. We all hate bullies, right? Well, you have to love this bully, or at least you loved playing this game as one.

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Image source: Bully Rockstar Games

James "Jimmy" Hopkins is a perfect example of a high school bully. He’s big, angry, and his parents don’t seem to care for him much. Naturally, he’s going to want to take it out on the weak. His mother recently remarried and all she wanted to do was spend time with her new husband on a honeymoon. She had to get rid of her son for the time being, so why not put him in a private boarding school, Bullworth Academy, since he’s been expelled from seven previous schools.

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Image source: Bully Rockstar Games

This open world action-adventure game was developed by Rockstar Vancouver and published by Rockstar Games in 2006 for PlayStation 2. Upon its announcement, there were many controversies. Parents and educators were worried about the message the game was sending, glorifying school bullying, excessive violence, and homosexual content.

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Image source: Bully Rockstar Games

Commerce and import of the game were prohibited in Brazil until July 2016, British Labour MP tried to ban or reclassify the game as rated 18 in the UK, Bully even faced a lawsuit (ruled in favor of the game) attempting to ban the game in Florida. Despite all of that, after the game was released, Bully received positive reviews for its narrative, characters, and missions since the game turned out not to be about a bully, but a problem student who stood up against bullies.

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Image source: Bully Rockstar Games

Now, about the sequel we never got. It’s not like it was never planned, Rockstar executive Dan Houser once said, in 2011, that they like to take their time before starting a sequel, which is understandable since you need feedback from the players in order to know what changes should be made in the future. Their plan was to release Max Payne 3 first and then work on a sequel for Bully.

In October 2018, a casting call was revealed, allegedly for Bully 2. Everyone got excited but Jessica Jefferies, casting director, took it to Twitter and confirmed that the audition was not for a sequel to Bully. There’s also some talk about Bully 2 being Rockstar’s new project after Red Dead Redemption 2, which was released back on October 26, 2018, that’s neither denied nor confirmed.

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Image source: Bully Rockstar Games

Basically, I don’t know what to believe anymore, I just know I want that sequel and it’s not out yet. There is, however, a remastered version released in 2016 called Bully: Scholarship Edition for Xbox 360, Wii and Microsoft Windows. At least you get to play this game with better graphics if that’s enough for you. If not, we’ll wait for the sequel together. Come join us at GameBuz, PC, Console, and Mobile games news site.