In an interview with IGN, Dan Greenawalt, studio head at Turn 10 Studios, provided information on launch title Forza Motorsport 5. Though Microsoft reversed their always connected policy, Forza Motorsport 5 will require a one-time internet connection to Xbox Live.
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.
Yes, that is correct. The full game is not on the disc, rather to play the game users must connect and download an update to play the game. This is not the first time this has happened, but is a somewhat disappointing trend that hopefully the industry will soon abandon.
Also, don’t call Forza 5 Motorsports a launch title.
We’re not making a launch game. We’re making Forza 5, at launch.