After launching the anime-inspired mech-shooter SHOGO: Mobile Armor Division, Monolith Productions was down in the dumps. Although SHOGO had reviewed pretty well, internally Monolith's view on the game reflected my own when I returned to it a few weeks ago. In both style and substance SHOGO fell short of the developer's expectations, and in some areas it was downright broken.
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.
The rights to F.E.A.R. developer Monolith's decade-plus year old spy spoof series No One Lives Forever does not reside at Activision, said the publisher's community man Dan Amrich.
They say money makes the world go round, but this is somewhat inaccurate. Leftover momentum from the solar nebula makes the world go round. Money, in fact, is not responsible for rotation, gravity, nor indeed any number of other phenomena in the galaxy. It does, however, occasionally make games less interesting.