New “No One Lives Forever” Trademarks Filed With USPTO
Cate Archer, one of the finest video game spies of all time, may finally be making her way to the modern era.
Originally released in 2000, The Operative: No One Lives Forever – known affectionately to fans as NOLF – introduced the world to Cate Archer, an Austin Powers-style super-spy in the employ of UNITY, an international agency battling the forces of H.A.R.M. in the 1960s. It was great stuff – funny, smart and action-packed. A sequel, NOLF 2: A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way, came out in 2002, followed by a lesser-regarded spin-off, Contract J.A.C.K., in 2003, and that was the end of it; as good as it was, NOLF seemed to just fall off the face of the Earth.
Part of the problem, as we reported a year ago, is that nobody really knew who owned the rights to the property. The trail seemed to lead to Activision but Dan Amrich, Activision’s former community manager, said that wasn’t actually the case, and that “if there were to be a reissue or remake or something like that, it wouldn’t come from Activision.”
But it might just come from Night Dive Studios. Night Dive, which bills itself as “dedicated to bringing lost and forgotten gaming treasures back from the depths,” recently filed new trademark applications for No One Lives Forever, The Operative, A Spy In H.A.R.M.’s Way and Contract J.A.C.K. The trademarks are for “Computer game software; Computer game software downloadable from a global computer network; Interactive video game programs; [and] Video game software.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but it might mean something – and let us not forget that Night Dive Studios is the outfit that brought System Shock 2 back from the void, a task that for some of us was at least as Herculean as digging old Atari cartridges out of the New Mexico desert. We’ve reached out to Night Dive for comment and will update if and when we hear back; in the meantime, keep your fingers crossed.