normies don't know a single game of this genre besides the nu-coms, who cares about what they think?
there are enough autists to buy the indies, look at battle brothers, the devs had planned to make 1.0 a final version and go on with their next game, but BB sold so well they've scrapped their plans and released 3 DLCs
so in theory it could sell but as current players, do we really need a standalone xpz? i'd assume none of us are zoomers who care about muh graphics.
now, the battlescape engine is obsolete, despite the oxce team's efforts to add new shit to it, it's still a 30 year behemoth without the basic features like simulating ballistics.
if there ever was a reason for a standalone game it's this, but looking at his game design choices he's not a fan of slow paced faggotry like you'd play in ja2 and more of a run and gun fast paced hi-risk-hi-reward style enjoyer, which doesn't really need too accurate of a simulation.