Ubisoft has been answering questions submitted by fans regarding Beyond Good & Evil 2, and one of the main takeaways from this Q&A session is that players will need to be connected to the internet to play. No connection, no BG&E2. The answer Ubisoft gave was:
Beyond Good and Evil 2 is an online, multiplayer game with a rich co-op and seamless experience. As such, the game will only be playable with an internet connection in order to have seamless navigation, receive dynamic updates, and play with friends (which is certainly better when you’re playing as a Space Pirate!). The choice to play co-op, however, remains yours to make, so playing BGE2 solo is absolutely possible if you’re into that lone Space Pirate kinda thing…
That wasn’t the only thing Ubisoft confirmed about Beyond Good & Evil 2. First off the company stated that the NPCs will react to your character depending upon whether you are human or a hybrid character. When playing co-op there will be no limit to how far players can travel from each other. There will also be underground areas to fly through including the mines which are present in the system. Ubisoft didn’t confirm underwater exploration. In regards to Beyond Good & Evil 2’s lore and world Ubisoft confirmed there would be a variety of subcultures for players to interact with, clones do age, and the whole system population is compromised of clones. Alpha sections will be present in the game, but there is no confirmation the DomZ will be present.
Beyond Good & Evil 2 does not have a release date.