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Meridian 59 | Official Site
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 06/06/96)  | Pub:Meridian 59
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:Free
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Meridian 59 : Evolution

Meridian 59: Evolution is a free-to-play, open source, 3D PvP-oriented MMORPG. Its original incarnation was released in 1996 and is widely credited as the first graphical MMORPG. That original release was overhauled and relaunched in 2002, with 3-D graphics and many new upgrades.


The game does not have a class system, but rather a skill system based on one school of weaponcraft and six schools of magic based on the game's patron gods of Shal'ille, Qor, Kraanan, Faren, Riija, and Jala. The usual questing, monster hunts, and raising skill levels, exploration, and character customization are there. PvP is the bread and butter of Meridian, and most of the recent updates have focused on adding new modes and tweaking the system.

Wooden gate... Posted by Pratt2112 on December 29, 2014 @ 5:56PM
Open Source Meridian 59 - openmeridian.org Posted by Daenks on June 23, 2014 @ 10:41AM
Meridian 59 is now open source Posted by Daenks on June 23, 2014 @ 10:40AM
DUDE!!!!! This game totally rips off WoW!!!omg Posted by kozeljko on May 18, 2012 @ 6:07AM
Meridian 59 Posted by Loke666 on March 11, 2012 @ 7:14PM
Anyone got a sub to the free version of Meridian 59 yet? Posted by Fonrath on October 19, 2011 @ 9:56AM
Xp? Posted by Redlucifer on August 22, 2010 @ 9:49AM
Great News About Near Death Studio's Meridian 59!? Posted by Rakosky on May 8, 2009 @ 10:08PM
is the game still active!!! Posted by rcook16 on November 14, 2007 @ 1:03PM
whats up guys Posted by rcook16 on October 18, 2007 @ 4:23PM

Back to the Beginning With the Open Meridian Project

Back to the Beginning With the Open Meridian Project - Meridian 59 : Evolution News

The oldest MMORPG ever, Meridian 59, is making a comeback, and we got the scoop on the project at PAX South.

Posted Feb 02, 2016 by Suzie Ford

Interview - The Open Meridian Project

Interview - The Open Meridian Project - Meridian 59 : Evolution News

Meridian 59 is considered one of the "old guard" 3D MMOs that still exists on the market today. Rob Lashley took some time to find out more about the Open Meridian Project with input from several members of the team.

Posted Jun 10, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Eighteen Years & Counting

Eighteen Years & Counting - Meridian 59 : Evolution News

A new article about the astonishing, though diminished, longevity of 1996's Meridian 59 has cropped up in a most unusual place: New Yorker magazine. The article talks to several of the handful of players who continue to doggedly play the game, those who have grown to adulthood playing the original MMO.

Posted May 12, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Classic Game Post-Mortem GDC-Online Event Announced

Classic Game Post-Mortem GDC-Online Event Announced - Meridian 59 : Evolution News

GDC-Online has announced the inclusion of a new event that will feature Meridian 59's Lead Designer Damion Schubert giving insight into the groundbreaking MMOs development and much more.

Posted Sep 18, 2012 by Suzie Ford

Near Death Studios Dies

Near Death Studios Dies - Meridian 59 : Evolution News

Near Death Studios, has well, died. The company, which have been the developers of the now venerable MMORPG, Meridian 59, has shut down according to an announcement made on the blog of NDS' Brian "Psychochild" Green.

Posted Jan 04, 2010 by Michael Bitton