No One Knows Who Owns ‘No One Lives Forever’ IP

No One Lives Forever may never get a sequel or a reboot, and it’s not because no one wants to make it, but because no one knows who actually owns the rights to the IP.

Originally developed by Monolith, which also made Blood, Condemned, FEAR, and Shogo, just to name a few titles, No One Lives Forever is one of the few first person shooters to feature a female protagonist and one of the few titles, at the time, to put a strong focus on story over shooting. The game and its sequel, No One Lives Forever 2, were published by the now defunct Sierra Entertainment, whose properties were assumed to have gone to Activision.

No one, including Activision social manager Dan Amrich, seems to know who owns the rights to the franchise. Speaking on his One of Swords podcast, Amrich said (via Kotaku):

The person that I normally talk to [at Activision] about this stuff does not believe that we currently [own] the rights … that leaves the question if Activision no longer has the rights to No One Lives Forever, who does?

Monolith was the developer that handled those games, and they are now part of WB. So I thought, maybe at the time when Activision was saying ‘we’ll keep these, we’ll leave these, we’ll sell these, whatever,’ maybe Monolith stepped up and took their IP back. So I contacted a friend at Monolith… and he doesn’t know.

Assuming someone manages to find, or even acquires the property, would you be interested in seeing a sequel to No One Lives Forever?

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5 Comments on No One Knows Who Owns ‘No One Lives Forever’ IP

T Wal

On April 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

No One Lives Forever was my first FPS. So yes, I have some nostalgia for this spoof spy shooter.


On April 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Oh heavens yes. A great story, with a strong shooter, and tons of humor to boot. Both 1 & 2 were awesome games.
The humor in 1 was better but still loved them both. In fact, I still own both and 1 is installed on my computer.

Red Menace

On April 8, 2013 at 8:58 am

I absolutely loved the NOLF series, but, maybe it is for the best so no one can destroy it.


On April 8, 2013 at 10:39 am

Would I want a sequel, reboot, whatever of No One Lives Forever?


I loved those games (except for that one expansion pack that we do not speak of), primarily because they oozed something that a lot of games these days lack, personality.


On April 8, 2013 at 1:10 pm