The internet has decided Rockstar will make Bully 2 next
There have been rumblings that Rockstar might be working on a sequel to its PlayStation 2 classic Bully for a few years, and now that Red Dead Redemption 2 is out of the way, internet detectives are sure they've chanced on info that confirms it.
Casting calls for actors who want to get involved in a "new unannounced video game title with a leading UK games developer, shooting at Pinewood Studios" have fired up fans of the original, who suspect Rockstar will follow Red Dead 2 with a sequel to or remaster of its controversial fan favourite Bully.
The casting call goes on: "Mild violence and profanity will be used in scenes with the young performer. The project itself is a thriller/drama, and all scenes with the young performer will be handled with sensitivity."
There have been shouts for professor roles too, which has only made internet sleuths more certain. Then again, if there's any internet group you probably shouldn't trust, it's internet sleuths. They're just above those phishing emails that say they're from HMRC but come from Hotmail email addresses and the ITK Twitter football agent industrial complex in terms of trustworthiness.
The original Bully pitched itself between Tom Brown's School Days, Mean Girls and A Clockwork Orange: you were Jimmy Hopkins, a new student at Bullworth prep school who has to navigate his way through the clique politics and unite them all against the bullies in each faction. Like Red Dead Redemption 2 it was a free-roamer, though hopefully, you won't have to spend six months waiting in real time for your first wisps of moustache to grow.
As the game progresses you have a few laughs, make a few friends, and learn a lot about growing up via making some toilets explode. Think of it as the Dead Hard Poets' Society. You might recall there was a bit of a to-do when parents worried that players would think bullying was cool and good, and then over the idea that the protagonist could choose whether Jimmy kissed a boy or a girl in the game.
Wow, 2006 seems like a very, very long time ago now.