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Korean Developer GamePrix Adding Kinect Support To PC MMO  Divine Souls

Korean Developer GamePrix Adding Kinect Support To PC MMO Divine Souls

December 21, 2010 | By Kyle Orland

December 21, 2010 | By Kyle Orland
More: Console/PC

Korean MMO Developer GamePrix is reportedly working to add support for Microsoft's Kinect depth-sensing camera controller to their PC MMO Divine Souls, a first for a major studio PC release.

Hackers developed drivers to get the USB-based Kinect hardware to talk to PCs last month, and hardware maker PrimeSense released their own set of open-source PC drivers for the device weeks ago.

However, the closest things to Kinect-supporting PC games thus far have been hacker-made, game-like demos featuring simple tasks like shooting a basketball keeping up floating spheres.

But GamePrix seems set to change this state of affairs, with the company's Jason Lim telling IncGamers the device will be an optional control method for Divine Souls' PvP combat mode.

“The game's support of gaming pads make it resemble console games even more, and is scheduled to support Kinect, a new control system of Xbox 360," the company wrote.

GamePrix's comments make it unclear whether the firm is using the publicly available Kinect drivers, or if the firm is hoping to parlay the inclusion into some sort of official support by Microsoft for the Kinect's use in PC gaming going forward.

The free-to-play Divine Souls is a 3D sword-and-sorcery MMO focused on real-time, arcade-style PvP combat between any of the game's players.

After forming in early 2009, GamePrix released Divine Souls to testing in Korea last month, with an open beta available last week through Western publisher Outspark. The game is expected for release in Southeast Asia and Japan early next year as well.

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