Rockstar’s Bully 2 may have missed The Game Awards

Today: Slitherine is serving up the goods for real-time strategy fans — Sony wants to become the favorite platform of indies developers — Ubisoft can’t seem to keep its workers or its executives happy

Was Bully missing from The Game Awards?

Jimmy Hopkins at Bullworth Academy in Bully

Rockstar is bringing back infamous boarding school simulator Bully according to Tom Henderson, who claims that “Bully 2 was expected as a potential surprise reveal” at The Game Awards.

The reason no-one is talking about it is that most major news outlets are bound by non-disclosure agreements, which prevents them from reporting leaked information as well. This is why no-one reported Henderson's news about Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, for example.

  • Major outlets are bound by NDAs in exchange for early looks
  • Rockstar working on next Grand Theft Auto
  • Bully was re-released as Bully Scholarship Edition in 2008
  • Grove Street Games ported Bully to mobile in 2016
  • Grove Street Games later became infamous for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy

Playtest: “Some people saw a ‘playable version’ just a couple of weeks prior to The Game Awards (not the canned version),” he added. Rockstar had worked on a Bully project before as well, but it was scrapped early in development.

Too early: French publication Rockstar Mag plunged deeper into the matter and confirmed that at least two press outlets have sigend NDAs. The upcoming Bully game could also be a Definitive Edition rather than a new entry in the series.

What classical composer stars in the JRPG Eternal Sonata?

a) Frédéric Chopin
b) Ludwig van Beethoven
c) Johann Sebastian Bach
d) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Slitherine shows off its new War Games

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Strategy specialist Slitherine just broadcast the Home of Wargamers Live+ | Winter Edition showcase, revealing a bunch of new games with trailers and gameplay footage.

The most surprising announcement was probably Terminator: Dark Fate – Defiance, a real-time strategy game where a small group of human survivors must make big decisions that have a significant impact on how their story unfolds.

They also showed new gameplay footage from Broken Arrow, which features a unique army building system with tools for deep unit customization, ensuring no two battles are ever the same.

Notable trailers and gameplay footage

Sony wants to play nice with indies again

PlayStation Indies logo

Sony earned a reputation as the friend of indie developers everywhere at the beginning of the PlayStation 4's lifespan, but since then its focus shifted – to the point where indie developers began lamenting how hard it is to deal with Sony and how it's nearly impossible to gain any exposure.

Looks like Sony listened to the wailing and gnashing of teeth, because they are taking steps to make life easier for indies by improving its communication channels and spending more effort on its partnerships with smaller publishers.

Booster shot: The press coverage gave “a huge boost to initiatives they had already been planning, because rapidly after Sony started rolling out a bunch of big changes,” according to Akupara Games CEO David Logan.

Tab trouble: Another big issue was prominent featuring on the PlayStation Store, with most indie games being hidden away in their own section of the store. Having an indie section is great, but having front-page coverage would be even better. We've reached out to Sony for comment, but haven't heard back as of the time of publishing.

Microids, Batman & Dangerous Worlds

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Bundles all around at Humble Bundle, starting with the Microids: Games & Comics Crossover Collection featuring 50 items that can all be yours if you pay at least £9.

The caped crusader is still on sale, and the The WB Batman Collection offers no less than 8 flying roden adventures if you pay least £7.43. Finally, the Dangerous Worlds bundle will do as it says and put you in 7 dangerous game worlds if you spend over £9.

What classical composer stars in the JRPG Eternal Sonata?

Chopin, as he appears in the JRPG Eternal Sonata.

ANSWER: Frédéric Chopin!

JRPGs are often quite odd, and Eternal Sonata is definitely on the extremely odd side of the spectrum. The game is basically the weird fever dream composer Frédéric Chopin has while he lies dying from tuberculosis. What is he dreaming of? Well, a rag-tag team of adventurers fighting an evil king in a fantasy world where everything is named after music terms, of course!

Between chapters of the surprisingly unremarkable story, you are also treated to some biographical information about Chopin and his music. That might sound like a bit of a missed opportunity, and it is, but the game looks pretty good and has a fun combat system so if you still have a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 lying around it's worth a look.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!