Nice! This really piqued my interest in this series which I've never tried yet. As for the "ninety bucks" the after market for games is so strong that it would sell for close to the initial price (perhaps more with this series) should one not enjoy it.
Sounds like a solid idea, the theme can be anything as long as the squad based side of it is fun like Xcom and the others. Just hope that this is not mission based where you must succeed mission #9 in order to reach #10, etc
Been a PC wargamer for twenty five years and I have yet to play a human online in anything. I wonder if I am in the minority on this one? I suspect I am, however once I read in the article no single player I stopped and just glossed through the rest (well written article though).