Meridian 59 Archetype Interactive Corp. / 3DO Company, The 1996

Meridian 59 was the first 3D massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Players create characters, and then advance in power by defeating monsters, completing quests, and collecting treasure. The alpha test of Meridian went online on December 15, 1995. It was commercially released on September 27, 1996. Several free, downloadable updates were released during the next 18 months: Vale of Sorrow, Revelation, Renaissance, Dark Auspices. The original servers were shut down in late 2000, however the game continues to run (as of May 2001) in Germany and Russia. Many later games such as Ultima Online, Asheron's Call, and especially Everquest borrow heavily from Meridian 59. Meridian has a Doom-style first-person graphics engine, with a software rasterizer. The servers run on Windows NT but are not publicly available.
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Full Game Client ( @ Official Site)
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ISO Demo 314MB (uploaded by Egon68)

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