The Operative: No One Lives Forever is at the centre of a series of trademarks from a developer known for resurrecting classic games.
Siliconera turned up a handful of trademarks related to the classic spy thriller, filed by developer Night Dive Studios.
Night Dive is best known for bringing System Shock 2 to modern systems.
“At this time we are 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," Night Dive CEO Stephen Kick said.
Don't get too excited about this yet; last time we checked in on No One Lives Forever, the reason the property had languished so long is that nobody was really sure who owned the rights.
Siliconera argues that Night Dive couldn't hold the trademarks without holding copyright also, but we're not lawyers.
The Operative: No One Lives Forever released in 2002 and was followed by a 2002 sequel and 2003 spin-off; all were developed by Monolith Productions. The series was well ahead of its time with subtle and overt social commentary, and packed with satire of 1960's espionage thrillers.