No One Lives Forever is one of the crown jewels in developer Monolith's stable of games, but Activision, which owns the developer now, has no idea who owns the rights. According to community liaison Dan Amrich, even Activision is unsure of whether the publisher holds the rights to the game.
Fox Interactive published the original game on PC in 2000, but it was acquired by Vivendi, and the PlayStation 2 version was published by Sierra. Vivendi Universal merged with Activision in 2007 to form Activision-Blizzard, and Sierra properties were sold off.
However, No One Lives Forever has seemed to slip through the cracks.
According to Amrich, "The person who I normally talk to about that stuff does not believe that we currently have the rights. 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."
Does the developer know? "I contacted a friend at Monolith and he doesn't know," related Amrich, who added, "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."
He concluded, "I don't know what the future holds for No One Lives forever, but I don't think that that future involves Activision."
Mystery: Who owns the rights to No One Lives Forever?
09 April 2013 | By JonahFalcon