Launches with the game I suppose and activates before it can start up so it has to be readied early and there's no separate processes between the games MP mode and it's SP mode with online elements so even if these were disabled it would still run. Could still do like Watch_Dogs 2 and disable online if this isn't active but it would also allow players who aren't interested in MP and don't want to take any chances with this to just continue with the game as before. (Especially now that you have to tinker with the Steam client a bit to roll back earlier updates again, gee thanks Valve for blocking that much as it was probably dev or publisher interests behind the decision.) I wouldn't really miss the XP and skin stuff. Much. Twitch Prime exclusive though so it's a thing, kinda liked the classic outfit though even if DOOM Slayer can not get into figuring out battery chargers or at least keeping a good number of reserves in stock. EDIT: Poking fun at it aside there's still something at least a bit metal about DOOM Slayer rip & tearing into a unicorn and wearing it's skin and hollowed out skull as a armor ornament... And if you have the skills to back it up you can wear whatever and anyone poking fun at it will likely come to regret it. https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/RealMenWearPink/RealLife https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Wrestling/GeneLeBell Anyways that's still something Bethesda could change but I don't see them doing it though who knows what the next major patch will bring.