You can't play the new Need For Speed offline

Because always online games work faultlessly and never cause any problems (/s) EA appear to be making the new Need For Speed an online only game.

The info's popped up via some tweets, as the official account answers questions:

Quite what the online connection's for isn't clear yet, although it does seem to tie into mention of "multiple narratives" that was leaked along with Need For Speed's release date.

That strict online requirement seems to have caused some confusion as well, with the Need For Speed twitter account have to reiterate, more than once, that there is still a single player game.

The messaging is going well, clearly.