Turn 10 Studios head Dan Greenawalt has confirmed that Xbox One launch title Forza Motorsport 5 will require a one-off connection to Xbox Live in order to play.
Greenawalt confirmed the news to IGN, explaining that the initial connection will gift you with content that is necessary to play the game.
“So when you first boot up the game, we’re going to ask you to log in,” he told IGN. “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.”
The entire game will not ship on the disc, so players need to download the rest.
Forza 5 tracks all the driver’s statistics and data, and then uses the compiled information to form a Drivatar, a virtual driver that ghosts the player’s tendencies.
“We need as many people training them (Drivatars) as possible rather than having just a launch-day set that was created by us,” he explained.
Greenawalt concluded by claiming that Turn 10 isn’t making a launch title, it is “making Forza 5, at launch.”