As to the above statements, I know nothing.
I, however, did Kickstart this beauty piece of work, and it was a joy to play throughout beta, to watch it grow, and it's rad now that it's finished. I loves me some X-Com, but the ways they have added to the formula are really interesting. It's got that darned addictive 'just one more turn, oh hi, 5 a.m. thing going on' because you just want to know, WHAT'S GONNA' HAPPEN!?!? With the bloodlines, and random events, and births and deaths, it's all so cool! Love the spin on the formula. I recommend it to everyone!