Now I'm confused. Are you shure about this? Have you checked it for yourself? Or where did you get this information from?
I remember when the system requirements were revealed, they said it has to be activated online. Also the printed text on the back of the case says "Internet connection required for game activation". Then again OGDB
(a quite reliable source for DRM infos) says online activation is only required for multiplayer.
If that's the case I'm going to store my (still sealed) PS3 version and grab me a PC version. It's dirty cheap after all.
Yep. I was fairly sceptical myself initially, and I know the original boxes said that the game required online activation. This was incorrect, and the new "Hammerpreis" editions going for 10,- € don't have this remark.
I've tested it, and the game can be installed and started in an offline GFWL profile without ever having connected to the internet.
To play online though, as you say, the game DOES require a key attached to a GFWL account. Mind you, given that nobody is actually playing it anyway, it's a moot point.