Too bad it won't become the norm. The online only part is essential in order to sell loot boxes/micro transactions so it's likely to always be a requirement for loot focused shared world games.
There aren't going to be any loot boxes or micro transactions. People had a hissy fit over the loot boxes in FM7 even though they where completely optional and only could be bought with in game currency they will be removed from the game this fall and they already said that FH4 will not have any. Also FM7 doesn't have tokens and FH4 will not have tokens either.