No word on an online pass. This game doesn't fit the model for an online pass.
I would recommend that at least one of you buy this game. It will have a lot of replay ability and games can draw out for 20+ hours per play with higher difficulties taking longer.
With that aside this franchise needs as many upfront sales as we can give it so that we get sequals down the road. TBS games are a hard sale for modern gamers and if we like what we see we need to support it.
And no I don't work for Firaxsi or 2K.