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While it may not have been the runaway success of its other open world games, Rockstar's Bully is still beloved by many. Parent Take-Two Interactive has filed a new trademark application for Bully, making curious types wonder if the company is considering a follow-up to the long-dormant IP.
The trademark application was filed yesterday, nearly seven years since the game's original release. Gamespot notes that a Bully sequel was tabled to work on Max Payne, with Rockstar head Dan Houser telling now-shuttered dev Rockstar Vancouver: "You can do Max, and then we will see what we can do with Bully."
A sequel has been rumored ever since the game's composer name-dropped one. That was four years ago.
Rockstar Vancouver is being dismantled, Take-Two Interactive announced today. The 35-person team, best known for its work on Bully, is being offered new positions at Rockstar Games, specifically the expanded Rockstar Toronto studio.
The plan is to bring all of Rockstar's Canadian development talent "together under one roof." In a press release, Rockstar VP Jennifer Kolbe said that "a single Canadian team will make for a powerful creative force on future projects."
A larger, custom-built facility in Oakville, Ontario will house the expanded Rockstar Toronto team. The expansion is being supported by the Ontario government, although financial details are not being divulged. The new Toronto team will be able to offer 50 new jobs as part of this "strategic partnership with the Ontario government."
Both Rockstar Vancouver and Toronto most recently worked on Max Payne 3.