Bully was released by Rockstar in late 2006 and was a hit for Rockstar critically. The game took place at a boarding academy in fictional city Bullworth. Ever since Bully‘s release people have been clamoring for a sequel and the co-writer of the game and co-founder of Rockstar Dan Houser spoke on the potential of a Bully sequel.
In an interview with Polygon, Dan Houser talked about the game and the controversy brought on by the name by itself: Bully. “I thought, we thought that the word’s strong,” he said. “It’s a strong word, an emotive word. Maybe too emotive in some ways, but we were confident we were not making a game which you were a bully. You were equally not lilly white of course, but you were not a bully. You were sort of standing up to a culture that encouraged bullying by being this tough kid that wasn’t sucked into that kind of world and was friends with some of the weaker kids, but by no means a saint.
“It was a response, a strong response, to that kind of institutionalized categorization of people.”
Even after the backlash Rockstar received for GTA III – San Andreas, they were still shocked by what the media said about Bully.
“How we saw it, we were sort of being accused of training kids how to kill each other,” Houser said. “I thought, ‘This is absurd.’ And that was obviously our reputation then and potentially still is, but it sort of proceeded us then.” Houser then said that the pre-conceived notion thought about the game led to Rockstar and 2k defensively marketing the game.
“It’s not that, it’s not that, it’s not that,” he said. “But we never got a chance to say what it was.” As the video game industry has matured since the release of Bully, Houser was asked if it’s time for a sequel to Bully. “I know I want to,” he said. “Well, hopefully, you never know. There’s a lot of directions I could go with that one, it’s funny.”
Fans of both GTA and Bully have suggested that the protagonist of Bully: Jimmy Hopkins could be featured in a Grand Theft Auto title as an adult. Houser however, doesn’t believe that idea will come to fruition. “I never saw him as being that level of degenerate,” he said. “I saw him as a bad teen, because he comes from a tough home, who could go either direction. He’s not going to be a carjacker. He’s too white collar for that already. He’s at a shit private school, but he’s going to end up being really happy because he’s at the worst bit of his life, or being a sort of messed up white collar doofus.
“He was an unpleasant soul, but he had a heart. To some extent you could say the same was true of [Grand Theft Auto 4's] Niko in a bizarre way. But [Jimmy's] not trying to burn down the school, he’s more trying to stand up to injustice.”
Bully is available as a PlayStation 2 classic on the PlayStation 3, while the Bully Scholarship port is available on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, and PC.