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Old 11-23-2011, 11:19 PM   #1
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FOUR WORDS for Steam's next retro-launch

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NO

ONE

LIVES

FOREVER



It was a huge game when it came out. It had prestige, sophisticated game play, hilarious bad-guy dialogue, made every top gaming list in existence, the perfect fit for the gold standard of Steam (and one of my favs since 2000.) Perfect for achievements, too. Come OOOOOON, seems like a no-brainer. Aliens Vs. Predator is on Steam, that was a Fox Interactive game as well, so what's the deal? BRING ME CATE ARCHER.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:55 PM   #2
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Slight problem.

The licensing rights to NOLF are kinda... screwy.

NOLF, NOLF2, The Operative, Contract Jack, and AVP2 are all trademarks or former trademarks of Twentieth Century Fox:

No One Lives Forever Live trademark
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...001:ig2tpm.2.1

Live AvP Trademarks
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...007:8budmn.7.1
http://tess2.uspto.gov/bin/showfield...007:8budmn.7.2

The trademark situation is complicated by the situation of Monolith's old publisher, Sierra entertainment: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Entertainment

While Twentieth Century Fox owned the trademarks, Sierra actually owned the story-rights and characters to the game. Monolith effectively operated as a licensee of properties owned by Fox and Sierra.

Sierra was merged into what became Vivendi Games. Vivendi and Monolith had a fallout between each other over the treatement of the F.E.A.R. license. That fallout is one of the reasons why Monolith does not recognize Extraction Point or Perseus Mandate. Incidentally Vivendi gained more bad blood when it developed Timeshift initially as as F.E.A.R. title... although as far as I am aware there is no clear legal record as to why Vivendi did not ship Timeshift under the F.E.A.R. branding.

Anyways, as of 2008 the former Sierra properties were effectively owned by Activision-Blizzard and what remained of the Sierra/Vivendi company itself was been shut-down.

Luckily Monolith was able to reclaim the F.E.A.R. property from Activision-Blizzard: http://www.psxextreme.com/ps3-news/3740.html

Unfortunately, the status of the NoLF content is still publicly unknown. I have not seen any clear statements on who actually owns the games now, outside of the trademarks that are still held by Fox. Other Monolith's properties, such as Septerra Core and Shogo also appear to still be in this legal dead zone.

In theory Activision may still be holding onto these older properties... and as far as I am aware there is an amicable relationship between Monolith, Activision, and Valve.

Bobby Kotick strikes me as a CEO who will do anything for a pretty penny... Assuming Activision is still holding onto the properties behind those old Monolith games, they might be open to making those games available for distribution again.
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