Rockstar’s Dan Houser Wants To Make Another Bully Game
Rockstar Games co-founder and vice president of creativity Dan Houser has stated that he is sure he wants to make another Bully game.
“I know I want to,” he said during an interview with Polygon when asked about the prospect of returning to the series, “Well, hopefully, you never know.”
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Houser said that there are “a lot of directions” the studio could take with a sequel, but that it won’t star an adult version of protagonist Jimmy Hopkins who gets up to the kind of things you’d expect in Grand Theft Auto.
“I never saw him as being that level of degenerate,” Houser 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 came out in 2006 on PS2, and was later ported to Wii, Xbox 360 and PC with the new name Bully: Scholarship Edition. It was positively received and is fondly remembered by its fans.
As a point of interest, Rockstar parent company Take-Two filed a new Bully trademark in July, and there has been talks of a Bully sequel.