Here’s a nice little revival I never thought would be happening. Classic PC game publisher Night Dive Studios has filed for a trademark for No One Lives Forever, the classic first-person spy series from Monolith Productions.
For years, nobody was sure of what happened to the games or even the rights to publish the three originals. Monolith Productions fell under the umbrella of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which claimed to not own the rights. Former publishers Fox Interactive and Sierra Entertainment have also denied taking the property with them to Activision.
This confusion has provided plenty of opportunities for fans to get upset, because not only can new games not be made, but the classic ones can’t even be released through convenient digital distribution sites like GOG.com or Steam.
With Night Dive Studios having now filed for four trademarks on April 26 to cover all the titles, you can expect the older games to be released soon. The Operative: No One Lives Forever and its sequel, No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in In H.A.R.M.’s Way, are both early classic first-person shooter games with a great stealth and spy motif, and the series’ prequel Contract J.A.C.K. has also been accounted for.
And who knows? Should the series catch on again, you have to wonder if there is a chance someone will pick up production as well. No One Lives Forever was a cleverly written and shining example of PC gaming back in the day, but by today’s standards, it doesn’t do too much to stand out on its own besides having a great sense of humor. It’s simply too fun for today’s gruff market.
The studio put in charge would probably just turn it into a bullet points cover based shooter with stealth and RPG elements, strip it of all its ridiculous and fun voice acting, and just make it the most generic thing imaginable.
That seems to be the path for most revivals these days, am I right?