The No One Lives Forever series of spy-fiction shooters may be due for re-release after years of absence.
Night Dive Studios, which previously republished System Shock 2 among other long-dormant PC classics, filed trademarks for No One Lives Forever, The Operative, Contract J.A.C.K., and A Spy in H.A.R.M.'s way, Siliconera reports. All of the noted trademarks are used in the titles of the original 2000 game, its sequel, and its standalone expansion.
When reached for comment by Siliconera, Night Dive studios' CEO Stephen Kick said he was "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."
Unlike many other PC gaming cult classics of its era, the No One Lives Forever games have yet to see re-release. This was attributed in part to their difficult legal status - developer Monolith Productions started the series with now-defunct publisher Sierra Entertainment, with rights eventually transferring to Activision.
However, Activision revealed last year that it no longer held rights to the franchise.
Night Dive Studios's Facebook page says it specializes "in finding classic, abandoned and forgotten PC games and bringing them back into the hands of gamers."