Last year Activision's community manager Dan Amrich started asking around the company he worked at to see if it still owned the right to No One Lives Forever. His results were inconclusive, but he ultimately got the sense that Monolith's beloved spy comedy FPS series had drifted away into the ether.
Now we've finally discovered where it's gone. A trademark listing for the series was spotted by Siliconera, and apparently it now belongs to Night Dive Studios, a developer that's known for restoring old PC games to modern hardware. The Portland-based studio previously resurrected such PC classics as System Shock 2, The 7th Guest, and most recently it's been porting all of Ron Gilbert's old games at Humongous Entertainment to Steam.
Night Dive's No One Lives Forever-related trademarks also include the first game's full title, The Operative, its sequel, A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s Way, and the spin-off Contract J.A.C.K.
When asked about this trademark, Night Dive Studios CEO Stephen Kick offered the following statement: "At this time we are unable to comment on future plans. 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."