Empiriana was a fantasy MMORPG developed by Infinite Realms and released June 1, 1997.
A player presents a character from a medieval fantasy archetypes and starts in the town, shown from aerial perspective and rendered in 3D. Here you can buy NPCs to interact with.
Dungeons are tile-based and exploration is shown in first-person perspective in similar fashion to the earlier The Bard’s Tale . Similar enemies are not seen in this view. Other players are represented on the map with arrows, but again are not shown in the main viewpoint.
If the player’s hit points are exhausted, they’ll be back in the town without penalty.
Emperori was reviewed by IGN  in 1998. The reviewer was not able to recommend the game, given that the square-based dungeons and lack of representation of enemies and other players did not compare favorably with similar pay-to-play as Ultima Online .
- Empiriana Website
- Jump up^ ReviewatIGN