Previously, Dan Greenawalk from Turn 10 studios spoke to IGN and told them how Forza Motorsport 5 will require a one-time internet connection to download a day-one update.
However, he has now said otherwise. He has stated that Forza 5 will not require a day-one update to be played. You will need to connect once to download cars and tracks, and to finish the game’s career mode, but you will not be forced to download the update.
“In the beginning of the game, the player will be racing against Drivatars that are contained on the disc and were trained by the [Turn 10 development] team,” Greenawalt said.
“While playing, the player will be asked to connect to [Xbox] LIVE in order to download a completely fresh set of player-created Drivatar opponents – it’s not a lot of data, but the download contains enough Drivatars to cover all difficulty settings. Connecting will also download new content – but the vast majority of the launch content is contained on the disc.”
“The player won’t be blocked from playing the game” if they choose not to connect to Xbox LIVE, he continues, “but deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and tracks.”
Greenawalt adds: “This is similar to what we did on Forza Motorsports in the last generation as well – shipping both free and premium content at launch. In some ways it’s similar to the Disc 2 content in FM4 as well. However, this time (unlike DLC tracks in previous Forza’s) deeper progression in the career mode was designed to fully integrate this launch downloadable content.”
Well, there you have it. All this is very good to hear.
Forza Motorsport 5 will be coming to the Xbox One when it launches in November.