Forza 5 Needs One-Time Connection to Xbox Live

A download is required to run the title.

The flagship Xbox One launch title – Forza Motorsport 5 – will require at least a one-time connection to Xbox Live before you can play.

According to Dan Greenawalt, studio head at Turn 10 Studios,

“Our production schedule is such that we are putting them in as late as possible and that means making them free as downloadable content on Day One.”

The entirety of the game will not be available on disc. Turn 10 Studios made this decision in the hopes that Forza will be a launch title for the Xbox One. Digital downloads on day one will allow for extra development time from the team.

This means you must update the game using Xbox Live to have access to cars and tracks -- all of which will be free.The download contains required content for the title to run, but it will be possible to play the game while parts of it are still being downloaded.

This news comes after Microsoft back-peddled on its always-online policy for the upcoming Xbox One. Backlash came after its E3 press conference in June this year.

Both the console and Forza Motorsport 5 will be available this November.

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Published Jul. 17th 2013
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Featured Correspondent
    As long as the DLC is free, which it is, Day One DLC is fine, it's when Day One DLC is not free that it's an issue. Because of the having to print disks, some content cannot be finished, so it will be added in patches or DLC, as long as these are free, then why complain? (unless you don't have internet, then complain).
  • Leah Augustine
    Featured Correspondent
    I don't have a problem with day one DLC. I just thought it was interesting to see how developers can adapt their process in order to release on day one. The purpose of this article was not to complain, though I apologize if it comes off that way. I, personally, have no issue with Microsoft, Xbox One, day one patches or DLC.
  • Michael VA
    "Turn 10 Studios made this decision in the hopes that Forza will be a launch title for the Xbox One--therefore rushing the production of the game." That was never said in the IGN original interview. You need to check your sources before you print. Also, since you are studying games; you should be used to day one patches. The download and content is all free. Also, pay attention to who is buying the XboxOne! People like me who HAVE INTERNET, and that aren't worried about DRM. You need to mature a lot if you think this is proper journalism. You never know who you readers work for so be responsible and thorough.
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    "In an interview with IGN, Dan Greenawalt, the studio head at Forza developer Turn 10 Studios, clarified how their day-one racing game will work if your Xbox One isn’t connected to Xbox Live.

    Our production schedule is such that we are putting them in as late as possible and that means making them free as downloadable content on Day One.

    In other words, because games have to be submitted to Microsoft testing, certified, and then pressed onto discs and shipped, Forza 5 has to be done much, much sooner than November. By requiring part of the game as a download on launch day, it gives Turn 10 extra time to finish everything."

    Straight from the source. :)

    At GameSkinny, we're concerned with the opinions and perspectives of gamers--not terribly so with those of employees.
  • Michael VA
    Appreciate the updated info. I'm not saying writing is easy or anything. I just like well rounded and full information on any site. Love the site by the way. Will have to test my writing up here.
  • Katy Hollingsworth
    Former Staff Editor
    Sure!

    And you should! I'm constantly lurking around, so feel free to shoot me an email at editors@ gameskinny.com if you have any questions/comments or need any help. :)

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