The initial day one update planned for Forza Motorsport 5 will not be required in order to play the game which contradicts some earlier reports. Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt had previously said that the significantly sized data pack would be needed in order to play the game but he now says that the game will at least be partially playable without it. He does also say that the installation is required to complete the game and it can be downloaded in the background while you are playing it.
Turn 10’s Dan Greenawalt spoke with an interview with IGN where he clarified this important issue:
“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. Deeper areas in the career mode were designed to utilize these additional cars and tracks.”
“In the beginning of the game, the player will be racing against Drivatars that are contained on the disc and were trained by the [Turn 10 development] team,” he explained. “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.”
So it’s good to know that you can play the game without this download and even better to know that when you want it you can download it without having to stop playing the game. Forza 5 will launch alongside the Xbox One sometime in November.