A new Bully-related application with the European Union trademark and designs office has kicked off a fresh round of speculation on the possibility that we might finally get a sequel to Rockstar’s classic 2005 open-world game.
The new OHIM trademark application — which was filed by Take-Two Interactive on November 20, 2013 — covers the name Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit for use in “video game programs” and just over two dozen other entertainment and marketing products. An interesting feature of the application is that it also includes a “graphic representation” of the mark, which appears to be the school crest from Bully.
Further linking the Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit trademark to the original game is the name itself. Bullworth Academy is of course the name of the boarding school that Jimmy is dropped off at, and Canis Canem Edit (which is Latin for “dog eat dog”) is the original title used on the PS2 PAL version of the game.
While it is true that any given trademark is not a guarantee that a game announcement is soon to follow, this new mark is just the latest in a long line of clues that a Bully sequel is in development. Last July Take-Two filed their fourth trademark for the name in the US. Then in September Rockstar Games’ Dan Houser expressed interest in continuing the IP. Most recently, the online resume of Rockstar senior graphics engineer Doron Feinstein revealed that he was working on the “next version of a famous IP” in October.
Check out an image of the new Bully trademark in the gallery below (via AllGamesBeta), and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Is Bully Bullworth Academy: Canis Canem Edit yet another port of the original game, or is Rockstar finally ready to give us a proper sequel?