The Xbox One may not need you to check in every 24 hours so that the NSA can spy on your pasty pale body while you play Halo (Dear Kinect: I will be naked), but that doesn’t mean that the console won’t have some strange ideas when it comes combining games and digital downloads. Take Forza 5 for instance. The entire game won’t even be on the disc when it launches on day one.
Speaking to IGN, Turn 10’s Dan Greenwalt explained that Forza 5 would need to download more of itself before you could play the game:
So when you first boot up the game, we’re going to ask you to log in. 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.
Welcome to the future of gaming folks. On the one hand, I get that some fans are going to be upset that they’re being forced to download content for free so that Forza 5 can make the launch date, but then again, this is the direction that the industry is going in.
Both the Playstation 4 and the Xbox One allow players to game while downloading content, and you can bet your controllers that we’ll be seeing more games following this model in the future. And hell, the PC platform has been doing this for years already.