After reports came out last week that Forza Motorsport 5 would require gamers to download an online update prior to playing the game for the first time, Turn 10 Studios’ own Dan Greenawalt clarified the issue and stated that this was not, in fact, the case. Whilst gamers will need online connectivity to unlock deeper sections of the career mode, the base game itself will not require an online connection at anytime — meaning Forza 5 players without internet have nothing to fear.
We had previously called into question why the day-one update was called ‘mandatory’ when it was able to update in the background, so it’s good to see Turn 10 Studios clarify that it was a misinterpretation in their previous interview. Plenty of fans were in an uproar about the day-one online requirement, which seems to go in a stark contrast to Microsoft’s new offline-friendly attitudes.
However, that doesn’t mean that offline-only gamers are completely in the clear. Greenawalt confirmed gamers will, at the late-stage of the career mode, be asked to download an online update if they haven’t connected the game to Xbox Live at any point since purchasing the title. The update will then install new and updated drivatars, cars and tracks. If the player is unable to connect to the internet, they just won’t be able to finish the later stages of the career mode:
“The player won’t be blocked from playing the game, but deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and tracks.”
Though offline players won’t be able to truly finish the career mode, they are welcome to return to all the other offline-based activities the game has to offer. Those who download the update will be able to continue (and complete) the career mode.
Greenawalt also expanded on the drivatar system and its relation to online connectivity. The original disc will come preloaded with enough drivatars to cover all difficulty settings, and gamers can play against them at anytime when offline. However, those hoping to play against an Xbox Live friend’s drivatar will obviously face a different story:
“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.”
What do you think, Ranters? Are you upset that the full career mode will require online connectivity, or are you content with the majority of the game being playable offline?
Forza Motorsport 5 is set to launch alongside the Xbox One with November.
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