For Honor will always need to be connected to the internet, even if you’re playing the single player campaign.
An Ubisoft Community Representative has confirmed that For Honor can’t be played offline. In a private message to NeoGaf user Gamezone, the representative revealed this to be the case. The single player campaign, which has always been playable offline in nearly every game ever released, can’t be played without a constant connection to the internet. The reasoning? Apparently progression elements that are hosted online are shared across single player and multiplayer.
“We can confirm that For Honor is an always online experience. Some elements of progression, which is hosted online, are shared across story and multiplayer modes. Players will need to be connected to the Internet at all times to play For Honor.”
This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has attempted to take their entire game online. Early DRM attempts last-generation saw PC releases that would kick users out of the game the moment the game lost connection to a server. Recently, the company has worked in more seamless online elements into their games in order to keep the experience online. For example, Watch Dogs 2 will randomly have people attempt to hack into your game and steal some of your money. For Honor, however, is their most blatant attempt in years to remove the offline experience.
For Honor is out February 14, 2017 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.