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Meridian 59 | Official Site
MMORPG | Genre: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.

Latest Features

  • Interview with Mike Emmons
  • Interviews created on 1/19/06
  • Garrett Fuller talks to Mike Emmons, who curently operates Meridian 59.
  • Progress Report
  • Editorial created on 6/16/05
  • We take a trip down memory lane with a look at Meridian 59, the grandfather of the games players enjoy today. This article includes several images and is based off an interview and demonstration from Brian Green of Near Death...
More Meridian 59 : Evolution Features...
Open Source Meridian 59 - openmeridian.org 6/23/14 @ 1:41PM by Daenks in General Discussion
Meridian 59 is now open source 6/23/14 @ 1:40PM by Daenks in General Discussion
DUDE!!!!! This game totally rips off WoW!!!omg 5/18/12 @ 9:07AM by kozeljko in General Discussion
Meridian 59 3/11/12 @ 10:14PM by Loke666 in General Discussion
Anyone got a sub to the free version of Meridian 59 yet? 10/19/11 @ 12:56PM by Fonrath in General Discussion
Xp? 8/22/10 @ 12:49PM by Redlucifer in General Discussion
Great News About Near Death Studio's Meridian 59!? 5/9/09 @ 1:08AM by Rakosky in General Discussion
is the game still active!!! 11/14/07 @ 5:03PM by rcook16 in General Discussion
whats up guys 10/18/07 @ 7:23PM by rcook16 in General Discussion
Is the '59 in the title the year it was made? 6/18/07 @ 6:26PM by pirateer in General Discussion