Last week’s reports indicated Forza 5 would require gamers to have an online connection to play the game. This was clarified by none other than Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt, who said while gamers do need an online connection for deeper sections of career mode, it can still be played without an online connection.
Since the Xbox One debacle regarding an always-online internet connection, everything in the next-gen has been questioned on its exact online requirements which may affect people without consistent online access. While Forza 5’s initial “mandatory” requirement sent gamers into a frenzy, Greenwalt confirmed that there will only be one time when an online update is needed – late in career mode.
The update installs new drivatars, cars and tracks. Those without internet to download the update won’t be able to finish the later stages of the career mode.
“The player won’t be blocked from playing the game,” said Greenwalt, “but deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and tracks.”
This doesn’t sound too dissimilar to the way DLC works now, where an internet connection is needed to download additional segments of a game which may expand on the narrative. Those without internet connections are left to the bare minimum.
So what exactly will gamers miss out on? Greenwalt detailed the drivatar systems and its connection with the internet:
“When you first connect Forza Motorsport 5 to the Live servers, you will download a set of Drivatar opponents for use in offline mode. This set of Drivatars will not necessarily contain your friends. From race to race as you stay connected, your friend’s Drivatars, cars, and paint schemes will be pulled into your races – as will updated Drivatar strangers and rivals based on your difficulty settings.”
Forza Motorsport 5 will launch with Xbox One this November.