No One Lives Forever might be dead

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The 60’s adventures of English spy Cate Archer in No One Lives Forever and it sequel are two of my very favourite FPS experiences; thanks to the genius fusion of stealth, shooting and irreverent humour. If, like me, you’ve been waiting for a sequel, the bad news is you could well be waiting forever.

Speaking on his One of Swords videocast, Activision community manager Dan Amrich revealed the unlikelihood of a sequel, or even reboot – because it seems that nobody actually knows who holds the rights to the IP.

“The person that I normally talk to about this stuff does not believe that we currently the rights,” Amrich says. “They’ve never seen it, they’ve never been given the permission to put that stuff on Good Old Games. He said, basically, ‘If we had it, I would love to be able to reissue those old games.’ So, that leaves the question if Activision no longer has the rights to No One Lives Forever, who does?

Monolith was the developer that handled those games, and they are now part of WB. So I thought, maybe at the time when Activision was saying ‘we’ll keep these, we’ll leave these, we’ll sell these, whatever,’ maybe Monolith stepped up and took their IP back. So I contacted a friend at Monolith… and he doesn’t know. Uh, so, unfortunately, all I can definitively say is that at this time I do not believe that Activision has the rights to No One Lives Forever.”

The original game was developed by Monolith (now owned by Warner) an published by Fox Interactive, acquired in 2003 by Vivendi. Its sequel was published by Vivendi’s “Sierra Entertainment” brand, which should place it now under Activision’-Blizzard’s stable – but it’s possible that Monolith still holds the rights.

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Unfortunately, until somebody knows for sure, work on any sort of sequel is unlikely to happen. And that’s a damned shame.

Last Updated: April 8, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Loved the first one! I could never find the second one. It’s a real shame, such a funny and clever game. Loved the twist at the end of the first one.

    • The second wasn’t quite as “open” as the first, but it was a great game nonetheless.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        Loved the ingame humour, BESTEST

    • Trevor Davies

      Was the other way around for me, I have the 2nd – it’s great. Ended up getting the 1st by redistributing information in a morally questionable way.

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      LOVED them both. Cate Archer FTW.
      (Plus the best line from a game, since, EVER, “I’ve heard cats in heat that make prettier sounds than you”)

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Look out for the next installment “No one owns the IP”


    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      *slow clap*

      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Thanx man. Although it deserves a groan not a clap

  • Deon Steyn

    Kickstarter this franchise then.

    • Can’t get made, because they’d need the rights. Unfortunately, nobody knows who owns the rights.

      • Deon Steyn

        I get that, but it seems like nobody want’s to use the rights or spend money on a sequel, let the public finance it then.

      • Can’t they make a “spiritual sequel”?

        • Probably, but they wouldn’t be able to use Cate..and without Cate, the whole thing would suck. Just look at Contract J.A.C.K for example…

          • Then make it Kate and set it in the 70’s 😛

            But it sucks that a brilliant game can’t be made because the IP owners are MIA.

        • Use Archer from the TV Series… Google “Archer TV Series 2009”, torrent and watch it. It has everything, a spy also called Archer, it’s set in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s era-ish loads of spy action, herds of sex, sex with radioactive pig, robot sex, BBW sex…. yes yes I know, I had you at “radioactive pig”.

          It’s would be awesome!

  • FoxHoundR

    i dont like to play as women in games. im not a woman

  • Ultimo_Cleric_N7

    Nobody wants to play a game about a woman in the kitchen anyway…..
    Sorry, thats my sexist comment for the day. In real life I loved the first game, got stuck on the poison barrel part though.

  • “@angus_davidson: @JaceHall any idea if No One Lives Forever will see another day ?”#TheChancesAreRemote ;(

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