Rockstar has developed an infamy in the gaming industry due to its controversial game franchises and excellent games. While you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who’d never heard of Grand Theft Auto, Bully is a Rockstar game which many may have forgotten, or never played at all.
It was especially unloved in the UK, with Labour MP Keith Vaz doing his best to get the game banned entirely. He was unsuccessful, but big franchise game stores like PC World refused to stock it.
Despite it’s critical acclaim, and multiple Grand Theft Auto sequels, a second iteration of Bully never materialized or was even discussed by the developer.
Now in an interview with Gamasutra, Rockstar exec Dan Houser said the developer still has a lot of love for the franchise, and may be sizing it up for a sequel once Max Payne 3 has been shipped.
“Contrary to a lot of people, we like to take a little bit of time at the end of a game before starting a sequel, so we can wait for the excitement or disappointment and everything else of the experience to shake down and really see what we should do in the next game,” he said.
“So 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.
“So we said, ‘You can do Max, and then we will see what we can do with Bully.'”