Rockstar Vancouver’s Bully may eventually see a follow-up, at least if Rockstar VP Dan Houser’s words, or rather, hints are to be taken seriously. Then again, why wouldn’t they? The game has seen quite favorable reviews across all platforms it’s been on, not to mention the lasting memories impregnated in fans’ minds.
During an interview, Houser said they’d see see what we can do with it” once Max Payne 3 is out, explaining: “we knew that we didn’t want to start doing the Bully sequel instantly at that second with those guys, even though it is a property that, like Max, we adore and might come back to in the future. There was just no impetus to do that then.”
Added Houser, “so we said, ‘you can do Max, and then we will see what we can do with Bully.’ So it was really waiting for the slot to open up and the group to open up to at least start work on it.”
With major IPs like Max Payne 3 and a new Grand Theft Auto in the works, it’s understandable that a game like Bully gets put aside for a while. But critically acclaimed games are not all that stand in the way of a sequel being made, as Houser explains that “we like to take a little bit of time at the end of a game before starting a sequel, so we can wait for the excitement or disappointment and everything else of the experience to shake down and really see what we should do in the next game.”