Yes. All aspects are available through in-game currency which is able to be earned through play, Duels-style.
Never played Duels due to its limitations but this looks somewhat promising.
No one said they should remove it. I just pointed out how majority of games that have the word 'Online' in the title are bad. Google "Online MMO" if you don't believe me.
To be fair, there aren't many MMO's in general that are super popular. Though some of the more popular ones do have "Online" in their name. Three quite popular MMO's I can think of is EVE Online, Elder Scrolls Online and Black Desert Online. Then there's Guild Wars 2, Final Fantasy XIV and World of Warcraft. Those are some the biggest MMO's currently, and 3 our of 6 has the word "Online" in them.
You are, however, correct in that the majority of games with the word "Online" in them are bad. Then again, the majority of games in general are bad.
Not to fans (of the original materials), whom I think is the main target audience of the game.
Broken link, sorry about that. Have fixed now.
It's pretty different from the original XCOM, in almost every way. It has gone pretty over the top when it comes to abilities and such, but I really like it. A lot more than the original.