And the award for the longest wait to launch their game on Steam goes to… Meridian 59. Okay. So I’m not 100% sure that this is THE longest a developer has waited to add their game to Steam in order to grab new players and, to be honest, Steam wasn’t even a thing when this game launched. Still, it’s a fun story.
Meridian 59 is billed as the first 3D MMO game, having launched 22 years ago in 1996. I remember the internet in ’96 and I’m not sure how “massive” the multiplayer could have been. But still, this was a thing. Of course, the game wasn’t F2P back then, that didn’t happen until later. It did manage to accumulate a following that’s kept it around this long, thanks in part to the popularity of its PvP system.
Now, like most games, Meridian is making its way onto Steam. This will give the developers access to more players who aren’t likely to go perusing individual websites to find a new (to them) game to play.