Rockstar Games allegedly cancelled Bully 2 in 2017

Take this with a grain of salt, but if you are a Bully fan who held out hope all this time, now might be the time to let go.

This week is one serious emotional rollercoaster for fans of Bully, Rockstar Games' boarding school themed open world game from 2006. Not too long ago, a leak surfaced that a sequel could be announced at this year's The Game Awards event - it passed without such an announcement, and now a new leak states the game is cancelled. However, there is still hope.

Only Rockstar would be brave enough to "dump" a gold mine of an IP like Bully.
Only Rockstar would be brave enough to "dump" a gold mine of an IP like Bully.

The claim regarding Bully 2's alleged cancellation comes from AccNGT, a known industry insider usually posting on Twitter. Just recently this account shared information about the issues plaguing the development of Grand Theft Auto 6.

Various vague reports over the years consistently indicated that Rockstar Games did indeed plan and even begin development of a sequel to Bully, and it was generally accepted to be a question of "when" rather than "if" the series would continue.

Leaker Tom Henderson stated that Bully 2 might be showed off for the first time at TGA 2021, but this didn't happen - now, AccNGT claims that the game was cancelled, and not even recently; apparently Rockstar tossed the project in 2017.

If true, this is definitely grim news for Bully fans. After this much time, an attempted but cancelled sequel project may well be the last nail in the coffin of the IP which never got more than one mainline title - though luckily Bully has been ported to new platforms since, and thus isn't stuck in a bygone era of gaming.

However, several rumors and leaks about a Bully continuation being in development made the rounds online since 2017, which gives many fans hope - it is not unheard of in the gaming industry that cancelled projects are later revived, or that what is broadly reported as a cancellation is just the studio hitting resent because things weren't shaping up just right.

If we collate different, contradictory reports that nonetheless all come from reputable sources, the complete picture looks something like this: in some shape or form, a sequel to Bully has been in development for years and years at Rockstar. In 2017, the project in its then-current form was cancelled or taken back to square one in a move that could be misconstrued as a cancellation, and a different direction was taken - which on paper still means that Bully 2 is in development. It's just a different incarnation of Bully 2.

Of course, reports from insiders and leakers could also simply be... wrong. It happens, and these reports should be taken with a grain of salt anyway - anything that isn't official news should be. Taking that into account though, we wouldn't write Bully 2 off just yet.

Aron Gerencser
Gaming at least as long as he's been walking, Aron is a fan of all things sci-fi and lover of RPGs. Having written about games for years, he's right at home reporting most of the breaking news in the industry and covering the happenings of the e-sports world. Graduating summa cum laude from Università degli Studi Guglielmo Marconi with a BA in Media Production, Aron has been a game journalist since 2014 and . When not writing, editing or playing, Aron is building models which you can find on Instagram. Aron is no longer on staff, and we were sad to see him finish with Xfire in 2021.