When Battleborn releases on May 3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, it will require you to have a persistent online connection, even during the single-player campaign.
As 2K explained to VideoGamer in a statement, Battleborn requires an internet connection during single-player, co-op with friends, and competitively against others partly because “experience points earned in Battleborn’s Story Mode carry over to Multiplayer and vice-versa.”
All XP earned through the game’s persistent progression system contributes to leveling up individual Character Rank, as well as player profile Command Rank. In addition, maintaining data integrity is a major priority for the team, and online gameplay permits player’s data to be accessible, even after experiencing a hardware malfunction or purchasing a new console.
Additionally, you’ll need a PlayStation Plus membership on PS4 to access “certain gameplay and functionality.”
If you want to play Battleborn before launch, the open beta starts on April 8 for PS4 owners and runs until April 18. By participating in the beta you’ll receive the first DLC pack and instant access to Alani upon release.