Pitched as 'GTA: Schoolyard Edition', Rockstar's adolescent adventure Bully proved it was anything but derivative and has emerged as one of the developer's most stylistically distinctive and fondly remembered games. So where's Bully 2?
A sequel to 2006's Bully is rumored to be Rockstar's next game following the release of Red Dead Redemption 2, according to an insider source on GTA Forums.
Allegedly leaked concept art for Bully 2 was recently posted to a Twitter account, showing off run-down suburban environments and a series of colorful character sketches. The good news is, it looks far too professional to be fake.
But seriously, is this legit?
Of course, we don't know when this concept art was produced — some have suggested it dates back to a now canned iteration of Bully 2 from the pre-GTA V days of Rockstar.
This is also not the first time we've heard rumblings of a sequel. Back in 2009 Shawn Lee, responsible for Bully's delightful score, was asked about any future projects he had in the pipeline, to which he responded: "It looks like I will be doing the soundtrack for Bully 2 in the not so distant future...".
It's clear that the developers at Rockstar have had Bully on their minds for a while. in 2013 Dan Houser even told Polygon that he has many different ideas for a sequel. So the question isn't really if, but when?
What can we expect from Bully 2?
It's been rumored that a sequel would move away from Bullworth Academy's high school hi-jinks to explore the more debaucherous college years. Whether or not the first game's protagonist, James 'Jimmy' Hopkins, will return is uncertain. However, some graffiti reading 'Jimmy's Dad' can be spotted in one of the leaked pieces of concept art.
Jimmy was 15-years-old in the original, so it would be interesting to catch up with him a few years down the line and to help him navigate the more complex social structures of late-teen life.
If you haven't played the original game, I highly recommend you check it out. The graphics might have aged somewhat, but Rockstar's satirical school sim is a terrific experience only marred by some fiddly controls and overly repetitive mini-games.
Check out the leaked concept art here.
So, real or fake — what's your take?