Rockstar says that Bully sequel is in the cards, but on the backburner

Dan Houser, vice-president of creativity for Rockstar Games, says the company “adores” cult 2006 title Bully and is waiting for the right time to begin developing a sequel. Houser says it’s a matter of scheduling, telling Gamasutra (opens in new tab) that “we will see what we can do with Bully” after Bully developer Rockstar Vancouver has finished work on Max Payne 3.

“We didn’t want to start doing the Bully sequel instantly,” explains Houser. “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.” However, he says Bully and its next-gen reissue, the Scholarship Edition, were a property that “we adore and might come back to in the future.”

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However, a third Max Payne was something the company had “been meaning to start for a while,” so Rockstar Vancouver was given the opportunity to develop the high-profile title before moving straight onto further Bully titles.

You’ve got a while longer to wait, then, before any concrete details on Bully 2 emerge. Until then, keep an eye on Max Payne 3: the future of the Bully series could ride on how Vancouver handles its turn on the high-profile series. Going by this week’s look at Payne 3 (opens in new tab), we’ve got high hopes for both. If Bully 2’s release is directly related to the success of Max Payne 3 than we don’t think you should lose any sleep over it – it’s not like Rockstar’s sequels ever do that bad, right?

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