In an interview with IGN, Turn 10 studio head – Dan Greenawalt – confirmed that Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 will require a one-time connection to Xbox Live in order to play the game.
According to him, when you will boot-up the game, it will ask you connect to Xbox Live and will also give access to whole bunch of tracks & cars.
So 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 the Drivatars and you’re also going to get a whole bunch of content: tracks and cars.
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. [But] that is required content to play the game. We basically have designed the game to work with all that content no matter how late is coming in, in order to make the biggest game possible.
Basically, what it means is that the complete game will not be available on the disc and users will have to download the rest of the game from Xbox Live by connecting it online.
Greenawalt equates Forza 5 with a refrigerator saying that players would, “fill it up with food the first time,” and connect to Xbox Live when they wish to, “want to update your food.”
For those of you wondering what a Drivatar is; it is a virtual driver that keeps track of player’s statistics and update them on the cloud and players will HAVE to connect to the internet in order to update their Drivatar.
Forza 5 is expected to release at the launch of Xbox One.