Hah, no bloody way. Miner Wars is as DRM'd as can be and I expect this to be as well.
Well you're right about the DRM and 'always online' requirement and that is something I absolutely hated about Miner Wars (and which I didn't know about when I pre-ordered it...). I haven't really played it much because of that.
I'm hoping this one is a little more lenient with the DRM.
Also, I didn't realize the Steam version had an offline mode now, it does seem strange that the standalone does not...
Also @SirPrimalForm What happened to your avatar?