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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.

Latest Features

  • Interview - The Open Meridian Project
  • Interviews created on 6/10/15
  • 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.
  • 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...
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