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Rockstar Games took it down a notch when it released Bully, a school yard version of Grand Theft Auto. You weren't exactly going on rampages or sorting out drug empires, but it was still fun to have that open-world environment.
Released in 2006, it's a world away from the graphics that gamers are used to these days, however it might be appearing on our consoles once again.
A person who describes themselves on social media as a 'Rockstar Games insider' has revealed that the video game developer is putting together a sequel to that awesome game.
Writing on the GTA Forums page, they said: "Bully 2 is indeed in development and is supposed to be the next game after RDR2."
They're referring to the highly anticipated Red Dead Redemption 2, which should hit the shelves on 26 October.
Another member of the forum said that we could see a follow-up to Bully in Spring next year for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
They added: "It's no secret that they have been working on it at several points till now but shelved it in between to focus on Max Payne 3 and probably shelved it a second time to help out with GTA V.
"I heard from a source close to R* that they have a working prototype for Bully 2, however it's unknown on which engine it runs."
People in the forum have been debating what form they'd like the sequel to take: will it follow the original protagonist and general shitbag, James 'Jimmy' Hopkins, into another year at school or even university, or will the main character be someone else from the wrong side of the tracks.
The original game faced a lot of controversy when it was released, with some claiming it glorified bullying and was a 'Columbine-simulator' - referring to the school mass shooting where 15 people were killed. So it will be interesting to see how Rockstar deals with the same subject material in this era where school violence is not treated lightly.
The sequel has been in the works since 2009 when musician Shawn Lee, who wrote the score for the original, said that it was 'not in the distant future'.
Rockstar executive Dan Houser revealed two years later that they were waiting for the 'excitement or disappointment and everything else of the experience' to settle down before launching another Bully game and I think we can all agree that enough time has past.
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