Bully, also known as Canis Canem Edit, is a third person action-adventure video game released by Rockstar Vancouver for the PlayStation 2. The game was released as Bully: Scholarship Edition for the Xbox 360, Wii and PC and as Bully: Anniversary Edition for iOS and Android. Bully: Scholarship Edition was released by Rockstar Vancouver, with Mad Doc Software (now known as Rockstar New England), involved with the development. The game uses an advanced Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas engine through Renderware.
The plot of the game revolves around 15-year-old protagonist Jimmy Hopkins and his adventures at Bullworth Academy, a prestigious prep school in the town of Bullworth in New Hampshire.
It has been proven that Bully exists in the same fictional universe as both the GTA and Manhunt series.
References to Grand Theft Auto
Bully has several subtle references to the GTA franchise.
- A Regina and a Stallion can be found in Shop class. The latter one is not a Diablo Stallion though since it has a different flame pattern and lacks a hood-mounted supercharger.
- Sometimes, a female pedestrian might mention Liberty City in her dialogue.
References to Bully in Grand Theft Auto
- In Grand Theft Auto IV, Bullworth Academy is shown briefly in a segment of the CNT reality show I'm Rich. It is shown as a boarding school that Jill Von Crastenburg is attending.
- Initially, in the mission Final Interview, Niko wrote in his resumé that he went to Bullworth Academy - however, after patch 1.14 it was changed to Bulford Academy.
- A short segment of the Prefects' theme can be heard during the Benefactor Surano commercial on CNT.
- The movie Sequel II played at the Astro Theaters is the second part of Sequel: The Movie, which was advertised at the movie theater in Bully.
- A hoodlum found in Strawberry sometimes wears a shirt with "HOPKINS" labelled on the back.
- The coat of arms of the Bullworth Academy was stylized and featured in Canis Canem Edit (pictured), a painting by Mathew Morse at The Diamond Casino & Resort. The painting's name is taken from the academy's motto, which means "Dog Eat Dog" in Latin.
- Bully also reuses various files from the Grand Theft Auto series - for example, it uses a modified version of GTA Vice City's carcols.dat and handling.cfg, and also has a few leftovers text strings from GTA Vice City.