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GOG and Night Dive are hinting that No One Lives Forever might return

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I’ve often said that old-timey 60’s spy shooter No One Lives Forever is one of my favourite shooters. Thanks to its fantastic lead in the indomitable Cate Archer, snappy writing, and nifty gadgets, it’s a blast to play. A few years back, it looked like Night Dive Studios, a company that’s gained a reputation for bringing games back from the dead by wrestling their rights issues was taking a stab at resurrecting the series. A frightful task to be sure, as it’s been caught up in a bit of a rights limbo for years.

Unfortunately, it was a complicated issue. After years of trying to figure everything out, Night Dive threw in the towel.

“We knew from the Monolith connection that Warner Bros had some ownership, not sure exactly what, but at the very least, they were involved with the development of the code,” Night Dive’s director of business development Larry Kuperman explained.

“Remember, the game ran on the LithTech engine. So we started talking with Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. said, ‘Well, it wouldn’t be possible to do a deal with you because Activision has some ownership of this and we’d have to have them involved in this process. So we went back to Activision and, [after] numerous correspondence going back and forth, they replied that they thought they might have some rights, but that any records predated digital storage. So we’re talking about a contract in a box someplace.

The image I get is the end of Indiana Jones… somewhere in a box, maybe in the bowels of Activision, maybe it was shipped off to Iron Mountain or somewhere. And they confessed, they didn’t have [their] hands on it. And they weren’t sure that they even had any of those rights.?”

Hope spring eternal though. In a tease on Danny O’Dwyer’s subline Noclip, Good old Games – that’s GOG to you and me – teased that progress has been made with No One Lives Forever. Take a look:

What makes the tease a little more interesting is a reply to a question asking if NOLF would make its way to the service.

The wry smile emoticon comes from Stephen Kick, who happens to be the CEO and co-founder of Night Dive Studios. It could all end up in legal hell again – but we could also see Cate Archer’s deserved return.

Last Updated: July 25, 2018

10 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    July 25, 2018 at 08:24

    PLEASE GIMMEEEEEEE MOAR CATE ARCHER!!!

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  2. Original Heretic

    July 25, 2018 at 08:26

    Ahhhh, so nice when the first CH article I open for the day offers such promising news.

    Reply

    • Henk

      July 25, 2018 at 09:37

      Your username reminds me of another title I wouldn’t mind a remaster of: Heretic 2.

      Reply

      • Original Heretic

        July 25, 2018 at 09:38

        Loved those games. Heretic, Heretic 2 and also Hexen.
        All of these need some modern love.

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  3. Kromas

    July 25, 2018 at 08:52

    Fuck yes please!

    Reply

  4. Guz

    July 25, 2018 at 08:52

    This game was super cool, loved the gadgets, also the writing was very funny

    Reply

  5. Pariah

    July 25, 2018 at 08:52

    Easily one of the best shooters of its time.

    Let’s forget about the sequel though, shall we?

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    • Shane Rogers

      December 22, 2018 at 01:14

      I enjoyed the sequel too, but the first one was incredible.

      Reply

  6. Henk

    July 25, 2018 at 08:54

    Awesome! It also looks like Nightdive is working on a remaster of Forsaken (played the demo many moons ago)

    Reply

  7. Kennedy

    July 26, 2018 at 22:32

    oh my god

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