It looks like mega developer Rockstar has been doing its homework. The company recently hinted that it may be considering a return to school, and now the firm has filed a trademark for a title called ‘Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit’. We’ll eat soggy canteen dinners for a year if this turns out to be a PlayStation 4 sequel to the angsty PlayStation 2 favourite.
For those out of the loop, Canis Canem Edit released in 2006 in Europe, following a tabloid backlash to its North American name, Bully. The title was later ported to the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii, but never received a sequel on the PlayStation 3 as developer Rockstar Vancouver went on to create Max Payne 3.
However, the company has been hinting at a sequel for some time. Take-Two, for example, filed an update to its existing Bully trademark in North America earlier this year. Meanwhile, there have been reports coming out of Rockstar New England – the studio responsible for the aforementioned re-releases – that it’s working on the “next version of a famous intellectual property”.
With the recently released Grand Theft Auto V out of the way, we’re crossing everything that the organisation’s next big project will be set in the Bullworth Academy. The high-school opus remains one of our favourite PS2 games, but there’s still plenty of room for the property to grow – both in terms of gameplay and commercial appeal. Don’t blow a whistle on our dreams, Rockstar.