Microsoft’s continued back and forth over games that’ll need to be connected online continues, with launch title Forza 5 being the latest software to come under an uncertain, inconsistent PR line.
At first we were told that the game would need a day-one patch to play, but apparently you can play offline without connecting the game up, but it won’t be the whole game.
The game will attempt to connect to LIVE at the start to download some Drivatars, but you’ll be able to start the game up and ignore them if you don’t have a connection.
“Connecting will also download new content,” said Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt, “but the vast majority of the launch content is contained on the disc.”
“This download is simply additional cars and track,” he added. “The gameplay is not blocked while downloading the additional content; it’s done in the background just like disc install.”
Greenawalt said that “deeper areas of the career mode” will need these extra bits.
“This is similar to what we did on Forza Motorsports in the last generation as well – shipping both free and premium content at launch,” he said.
Except it’s not really – you need to have an internet connection to download the content – it’s simply not on the disk and is yet required to play beyond the first sections of career.