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'Meridian 59: Evolution' Launched

by Judy on Nov. 11, 2004 @ 2:33 a.m. PST

Near Death Studios is proud to announce the latest update on their client software and the recent release of Meridian 59: Evolution. This update includes a new hardware-accelerated 3D graphics engine featuring a high resolution display, texture filtering, dynamic colored lighting, and many new special effects.

In addition, many interface changes have improved the game, including the addition of the mouse look to ensured a more responsive control, rebindable keys, and hot keys that are saved per-character.

Meridian 59 is a player vs. player (PvP) focused game, allowing players to fight between themselves. Flexible skill-based character advancement allows players to create individual characters to take into the balanced PvP combat situations in a nearly lag-free environment. This latest update enhances the gameplay and is free to all subscribers.

Near Death Studios is also excited to extend the opportunity to take advantage of a month of play time to explore and enjoy a trial version of Meridian 59: Evolution during the entire month of November. Players will enjoy increased advancement rates on the trial server, as well as the unique quests, events, and PvP contests found on the regular servers. After the trial players can subscribe to the full version of Meridian 59 for only $10.95 per month with no sign-up fees or box to buy.

Both new and returning Meridian 59 players enjoy a original high-fantasy setting with familiar and original monsters, spells, and equipment. The game's chat features allow players to converse within the tight knit in-game community of friendly, dedicated players and veteran game administrators.

As a special bonus, on Saturday, November 13th the developers of Meridian 59 will be on the trial server running special events for people who have signed up for the trial. The event will take place at 2 PM Pacific (5 PM Eastern and 11 PM GMT), afterwards the developers will be on hand to a talk with the players and answer questions about the past, present, and future of Meridian 59.

Take advantage of the free trial playtime offer by going to

Features and major changes to the game client include:

  • Full 3D graphics engine featuring a high resolution display, texture filtering, dynamic colored lighting, and many new special effects
  • Rebindable keys through a new easy to use graphical Configuration
  • Adjustable mouselook with optional y-axis invert
  • Bugs causing lag in player movement (commonly referred to as “lag drift”, or “map lag”) have been almost completely eliminated
  • Hotkeys are now saved per-character, instead of per-install
  • Inventory window has been reformatted to show more items when in large graphics mode
  • Personal Enchantment area has been reformatted to display a much larger number of enchantments
  • Full 8-way directional movement (e.g. the ability to move diagonally)
  • Option to “always run”
  • Ability to run while strafing
  • Ability to target players/monsters with the mouse without automatically attacking them
  • Ability to target yourself (and remain targeted) with a key
  • 3D view no longer “sinks” into the ground when running up a steep ramp
  • Sound effect volume has been drastically lowered
  • Automatic inactivity logoff timer has been increased slightly
  • and MORE!

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