It was one of the games that defined the PlayStation 2 generation and people have been begging for a sequel ever since, but Rockstar had bigger things on their plates.
Well if rumours are to be believed, that’s all about to change, as a sequel may be coming out next year.
Popular Swedish gaming YouTuber SWEGTA revealed this on Sunday, when he claimed to have some insider information regarding the potential new release.
SWEGTA went on to say that a Rockstar insider sent him a message saying that Bully 2 would be released and out on store shelves come October or November in 2020.
The YouTuber pointed out that this would perfectly coincide with the release of Sony and Microsoft’s new consoles, just like how Rockstar timed the release of GTA V to be available on PlayStation 3 and 4, as well as XBOX 360 and One.
This means that if SWEGTA is right, Bully 2 will be released on PlayStation 4, 5, XBOX One and Scarlett. He said:
“The motive for this is purely financial – just like with GTA V on the Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.“
Since then. Rockstar have neither confirmed nor denied the claims, so all we can do is wait and see.
Meanwhile, GTA 6 is apparently in the works and the leaks sound incredible.
The world of video gaming has a lot to thank the Grand Theft Auto franchise for and in general, Rockstar have played a pretty big role in making modern gaming what it is today.
Surfacing on the ever-reliable Reddit, user JackOLantern1982 has released a list of details that he got from some friends who work for a couple of in-the-know companies, as well as a friend who works for Rockstar who didn’t deny any of the claims (something he usually does). As ever, take these with a pinch of salt…
The next GTA title has been in development since 2012 (1 year before GTA 5 launched). Production didn’t actually pick up properly until mid 2015. Even then it was on ice while the teams focused on RDR2.
It’s another Rockstar Worldwide Production, not just one or two studios, but all.
Codename is PROJECT AMERICAS.
Set in both Vice City and a new fictional location based on Rio de Janeiro, with some linear missions taking place in Liberty City (not open world), think Ludendorff in GTAV. Also been recently hearing about Cuba…
Game will balance realism and arcade. WON’T be as realistic as RDR2.
One playable protagonist this time. Male, not female, despite supposed leaks.
Set in 1970s-1980s.
You play as an up and coming drug lord-wannabe named “Ricardo”. Another key character called “Kacey” is a part of the narrative. You start off as a grunt doing runs as a cocaine smuggler from Vice City to the new large South American area (and visa versa?) before making connections with big time drug lords and making your way up. Multiple cities. There will also be a GIANT prison which will play a part in the game.
Will feature a “CHAPTER” system similar to a Tarantino flick or RDR2.
Weather is a heavy focus. Hurricanes, floods, etc.
Buildings change over the eras, vehicles too. This causes headaches apparently but they managed to nail a pipeline and get it working. So older, rare classic cars get more expensive as time progresses etc. Full economy. Next level.
HEAVILY inspired by Netflix’s Narcos.
They want to have an incredible 70s/80s soundtrack, but jury is still out on that one.
A younger Martin Madrazo will make an appearance as will his father who is a big drug lord at the time. You do some missions for the Madrazo family involving hits on other gangs.
Drug empire building is a mechanic similar to Vice City Stories but bigger. MUCH bigger. Think the GTAOnline system and dial it up to 10. There you have it.
You can only have weapons on your person. No arsenal in your back pocket. Think RDR2 and Max Payne 3.
our personal vehicle (similar to GTA5 but can now change it) will be like your horse saddle in RDR2. All your equipment is stored in the trunk. Similar to LA Noire. You also store your body armour in the car. If you wear it, it appears, no longer just invisible.
There will be tons of subtitle reading. Think Max Payne 3 amounts. Because the characters speak the language they’re native to. Very immersive. Like watching an episode of Narcos. Whenever you’re in South America, don’t expect to hear much English. Vice City however is a mix of everything. Mostly English though.
Last bit of narrative info, it will discuss topics such as HIV and the immigration crisis of the time. A fictional version of Fidel Castro etc.
Next Gen only. Not PS4/XB1.
Game is now their primary focus, alongside another title (which I believe to be Bully 2).
Game is still in Pre-Alpha so names, locations, details could and probably will change.
No ETA on a release date.
It does sound pretty cool, I’ll give it that.
God I can’t believe I’m going to have to buy a PlayStation 5 soon.
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