Forza 5 playable without download – but DLC required for end game

Monday, 22nd July 2013 06:30 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Forza Motorsport 5 is playable right out of the box, Turn 10 has confirmed, contradicting earlier reports.

Speaking to IGN, Turn 10 Studios’ Dan Greenawalt clarified his own comments from earlier in the month about Forza 5 requiring a huge amount of free day one DLC.

“While playing, the player will be asked to connect to Live in order to download a completely fresh set of player-created Drivatar opponents – it’s not a lot of data, but the download contains enough Drivatars to cover all difficulty settings,” he said.

“Connecting will also download new content – but the vast majority of the launch content is contained on the disc. This download is simply additional cars and tracks. The gameplay is not blocked while downloading the additional content; it’s done in the background just like disc install.”

In other words, you can open the box, insert the disc, and start playing, whether or not you connect to Xbox Live right away. That said, if you have plans to finish Forza 5′s career mode, you will need to grab that DLC.

“Deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and tracks,” Greenawalt confirmed.

“This is similar to what we did on Forza Motorsports in the last generation as well – shipping both free and premium content at launch. In some ways it’s similar to the Disc 2 content in FM4 as well. However, this time (unlike DLC tracks in previous Forza’s) deeper progression in the career mode was designed to fully integrate this launch downloadable content.”

This emphasis on connectivity and downloadable content may raise a few hackles, but Greenawalt said you can play career mode, free play, and other modes offline, and your progress will synch next time you do go online.

If you want your Drivatars to learn and adapt as you do you’ll have to connect, because it relies on cloud processing, but once you’ve downloaded fresh Drivatar data you don’t need to be online to take advantage of it.

Forza 5 will launch alongside the Xbox One in November. Digital purchases will ship with all day-one content bundled in.

Thanks, CVG.



  1. Genesis1295

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this amazing game.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. sithsylar

    When did forcing you to buy DLC for end game become a good thing?

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Andrew C.

    A big fail from the beginning and the game is not even released? DLC for end game? Seriously?

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Cobra951

    Thanks CVG? No one read my last comment on the other thread, I guess. It was IGN who (I think) first reported this, on the 18th.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. MrWaffles

    Drivatar Restriction Method.

    …Smooth, Microsoft, smooth.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. DrDamn

    @2 It’s free.

    It would be a lot clearer and cause less confusion if they just said “Look we aren’t going to have the game completed by the time the discs ship, sorry. There will be a day one patch to add the final elements of the game but it will be playable up until that point.”. Maybe give out some stuff free which they were planning on charging for. You can’t pretty this up. Tell it like it is and you’ll get more respect for it.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. SlayerGT

    @6 You would think.

    #7 1 year ago

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