No One Lives Forever trademarks point to possible re-releases

Monolith's classic espionage shooters might again be available for sale before long.

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Classic first-person shooter series No One Lives Forever could be gearing up for a re-release, if newly discovered trademark filings are any indication.

It was unclear as recently as last month who, exactly, held the rights to No One Lives Forever after Activision--which acquired the game's now-defunct publisher, Sierra, as part of the merger that formed Activision Blizzard--indicated it was no longer responsible for the series.

Siliconera now reports that trademark filings were registered in April for the titles of several NOLF games, including the original, The Operative: No One Lives Forever; sequel No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way; and spin-off Contract J.A.C.K. Trademarks in and of themselves are not necessarily indicative of anything. However, considering the company who filed for them--Night Dive Studios--has been responsible for the re-releases of games like System Shock 2, it stands to reason that it intends to do the same with the NOLF games.

The company's CEO, Stephen Kick, wouldn't comment on its plans in a statement issued to Siliconera, only saying, "I would like to add that our team has a great fondness for these games and our hope is that they will one day be re-released."

The original NOLF was released in 2000 for PC and was later brought to the PlayStation 2. It received a warm critical reception upon its release, thanks in part to its mixture of shooting and stealth action, as well as its gadgets (lipstick explosives!) and spoofing of the spy genre. Both NOLF and its two follow-ups were developed by Monolith Productions, which would go on to create the FEAR and Condemned series, as well as Gotham City Impostors.

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