Forza 5 requires onetime online connection to Xbox Live

Purpose of connection is to download mandatory content to run racing title.

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The Xbox One game Forza Motorsport 5 will require a onetime Internet connection to Xbox Live when first started, according to Turn 10, in an interview with IGN.

Players will have to go through an online toll booth before racing offline.
Players will have to go through an online toll booth before racing offline.

Studio head Dan Greenawalt confirmed that when players log in the first time, the game will download tracks, cars, and Drivatar data. "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," he said.

Greenawalt added that the download is required content to run the title. "We basically have designed the game to work with all that content no matter how late [it] is coming in, in order to make the biggest game possible," he revealed during the interview. Xbox One owners can begin playing the game while parts of it are still being downloaded.

Microsoft changed its always-online policy for the Xbox One after its E3 press conference in June this year. The console, along with Forza Motorsport 5, will be available this November.

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