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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.

Back to the Beginning With the Open Meridian Project

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
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Interview - The Open Meridian Project

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
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Eighteen Years & Counting

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
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Classic Game Post-Mortem GDC-Online Event Announced

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
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Near Death Studios Dies

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
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Interview with Mike Emmons

Posted Jan 19, 2006 by Dana Massey
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Free Trial

Posted Dec 26, 2005 by Jon Wood
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Progress Report

Posted Jun 16, 2005 by Dana Massey
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New Free Trial

Posted Jun 02, 2005 by Dana Massey
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Event This Weekend

Posted Nov 26, 2004 by Craig McGregor
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