Citing "sources with knowledge of development,"
that Rockstar worked on a Bully
sequel early this decade, but
that effort "fizzled out." Their source informs them that this produced a
playable build of an open-world game to follow up on the bullying game before
the effort was shelved. They tap a "second well-placed source" who tells them
this occupied between a 12 and 18 months, but the team never managed to decide
what direction to take the story. This story is unconfirmed, as they say
Rockstar declined to comment on the rumor. Here's more:
The second source
said the work culminated in a playable version of Bully 2 described as a “very
small slice” of the game, complete with simplistic open-world gameplay. It was
built using the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), the same engine used for
Grand Theft Auto 4 and 5, Max Payne 3, and both Red Dead Redemption games.
Despite that progress, Bully 2 never built momentum and “fizzled out”, the
source said. The team were moved onto other projects.
“It existed, it was playable, it was just a shame it never got off the ground,”
they said. Many developers that worked at Rockstar New England during the time
period list an “unannounced game” on their CVs.