Speaking with Eurogamer on the subject, Ubisoft has confirmed the existence of this feature due to the structure of the two titles.
“The Division will be always-online, because this is how the game is designed. It’s a world that’s always on and always living. The fact you’re always-online is a must. It’s the same for The Crew. You can join your friends or not, but something is happening in this world all the time.”
“We believe these kind of experiences are great. You can go on playing while not in your living room. You can use your tablet or smartphone to enrich your character or help your character and friends while you’re away.
“We give the possibility for the gamer to always be in contact with these worlds. This is something that is completely new and refreshing.”
But, the game won't let you access it if you're not connected even if you don't want to play "online", right?
Well I'm done with gaming now
This is only the first step but DRM will become standard under the guise "you need to be connected to experience everything in the game" then when everyone is OK with that they will move in to do away with the trade in market.