No internet = No Xbox One
After all the commotion during E3 regarding the fact that you would need a permanent internet connection to be able to play with your Xbox One, Microsoft was smart enough to take a U-turn and get rid of that requirement: you would not need a permanent connection and the console would NOT do a regular check on central servers. However, nobody ever said that games would effectively need to be fully present on the disc you buy in the shop…
During a conversation with IGN Dan Greenwalt, boss at Turn 10, mentioned that following Microsoft’s 180° turn after E3 regarding internet connectivity, you would not need to be permanently online to be able to play Forza Motorsport 5. “Great!”, you think. Until you effectively buy the game in a shop, put it in the console after arriving home… to find out the game isn’t completely present!
Nope, Dan said that at first boot you will need to download a whole bunch of files before you can start racing:
“So when you first boot up the game, we’re going to ask you to log in,” Greenwalt said, “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.
“That is required content to play the game. We basically have designed the game to work with all that content no matter how late is coming in, in order to make the biggest game possible.”
Now you can already hear them coming from afar that they’ll be offering FREE downloadable content, but you HAVE to install it if you want to be able to play. If you’re not online, you can just as well spend your money on something else than Forza 5. And probably this won’t be the only game working in this way.
Free downloadable content? If I pay full price for a game, I expect a full game and not having to download so-called “free” downloadable content without which I cannot play…