No One Lives Forever trademarks filed

News Aaron Birch 2 May 2014 - 02:43

The classic Sierra 60s spy fest may be returning to our screens thanks to a new trademark filing...

Monolith's No One Live Forever is one of the best examples of early 2000s FPS titles, and the adventures of super spy, Cate Archer, could be returning to our screens. PC publisher, Night Dive Studios, has recently filed trademarks covering the entire series, including the original title, The Operative: No One Live Forever, sequel No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, and spin-off, Contract J.A.C.K.

Over the years, the rights for the series have been somewhat confusing, with Fox Interactive and Sierra Interactive both owning the rights, only to be swallowed up by the Activision machine. Activision's Dan Amrich then stated that Activision didn't believe it owned the rights to the games. Because of this uncertainty, and the lack of any official owner, the game could not be purchased officially.

Hopefully, that should now change, and with new trademarks filed, Night Dive should be able to re-issue the titles, something it's done with other PC classics, such as System Shock 2, which it delivered via Steam.

The games were great, quirky shooters packed with character, varied missions, gadgets and originality, using the in-house Lithtech engine to deliver a charming 60s spy story. The first game was arguably the best, but the second title delivered better visuals and more polished gameplay. The first title was also released for the PlayStation 2, with extra missions depicting Cate's earlier life as a cat burglar and safe cracker. Contract J.A.C.K. focused on new character, John Jack, an assassin hired by the series' main protagonist organisation, H.A.R.M. to fight against rival evil empire, Danger Danger.

So, expect to see this classic FPS series resurface on Steam soon, and when it does, check it out, it's great. If you're curious, here are the trailers for the first and second games.

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