Rockstar always seems to find itself surrounded by rumours and speculation. While usually it’s connected to the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto 6, this time around, it’s about a sequel to a much older title: Bully.
Bully fans have had to wait even longer than Grand Theft Auto’s fanbase. The first and most recent game hit stores back in 2006, releasing for the PS2. The most recent murmurings from the franchise came in 2019 when an updated version of the game was ported to mobile devices. A sequel was in development during the late 2010s but failed to materialise despite the success of the first title.
However, that could all be about to change. Eagle-eyed fans spotted that recently renewed the Bully trademark. While that alone could be pretty innocuous, this coincides with recent job listings at Rockstar, as the studio is looking for a bunch of new game testers.
With Rockstar tightlipped about its working on, it’s up to the community to guess what the new game testers could be working on. On the one hand, GTA Online is still receiving updates, and GTA 5 is about to get a next-gen rerelease. However, we are approaching three years since Rockstar’s last brand new title, Red Dead Redemption 2.
The studio has likely been working on another new game in those two years, especially since its projects take so long to complete. Red Dead 2 was in development for eight years.
Rockstar has not commented on the renewed speculation concerning Bully or even GTA 6, so it is unknown if the renewed trademark is something to get excited about or a mere coincidence that it was around the same time as the job listings.
Bully released in 2006 and was met with critical and commercial success and the usual round of Rockstar controversy. It has received two rereleases but privately cancelled the sequel in 2013. It’s rumoured that the sequel’s development started again at a later date but was cancelled once more in 2017 so the team could focus on Red Dead Redemption 2 and GTA 6.