We were having a chat the other day about No One Lives Forever and lamenting the fact that Monolith's 60s spy spoof had somehow failed to make it onto the digital marketplaces (especially GOG). But now we know why.
No-one has a clue who actually owns the rights to the IP.
Activision's Dan Amrich has posted up a video on his YouTube channel explaining that a series of acquisitions muddled the history surrounding the game's rights. Original publisher Fox Interactive was acquired by Vivendi Universal in 2003, who then merged with Activision themselves in 2007 to form Activision Blizzard, triggering a fire-sale of IPs. Somewhere along the line the NOLF IP dropped through the cracks.
"The person who I normally talk to about that stuff does not believe that we currently have the rights," said Amrich. "They'v never seen it. They've never been given the permission to put that stuff on Good Old Games. They basically said, 'if we had it, I would love to have been able to reissue those games."
Apparently, Monolith are none the wiser either. "I contacted a friend at Monolith and he doesn't know," said Amrich.
"At this time I do not believe Activision has the rights to No One Lives Forever, so if there were to be a reissue or remake or something like that, it wouldn't come from Activision. I don't know what the future holds for No One Lives forever, but I don't think that that future involves Activision."
If everyone who's ever been associated with the series looks behind their sofa cushions maybe we'll find it. Seriously, the industry could do with a return for Cate Archer and her robotic poodle. [EG]