Forza 5, one of several first-party launch titles for the Xbox One, will require consumers to connect online at least once before it can be played. If users buy the game and refuse to connect to Xbox Live for -what we assume is – a title update – then the game will not be playable at all. A developer working on the game confirmed the news with IGN.
Dan Greenawalt, the studio head at Turn 10 Studios, told IGN that "when you first boot up the game we're going to ask you to log in, and when you log in you're going to get a whole bunch of content: tracks and cars. That is required content to play the game."
Greenawalt says that the mandatory Day One patch is due to Turn 10 adding content late into the production schedule, though he didn't explain just what that content is.
"You do have to connect the game in order to get the latest Drivatars, because we need as many people training them as possible," Greenawalt told IGN. "And so rather than having just a launch-day set that was created by us, every day that people race is going to make the Drivatar set that much more accurate, that much more diverse, that much more interesting."
"All of the cloud and online features make the game far, far better," he added.