I take your word for it, however that actually reinforces what I was saying:
This Choice is going to appeal to those who were never going to pay 8 to 12+ Euros for XCOM2 (or Chimera Squad).
Basic is the least cheap option for Choice, and at $5 per game, XCOM2 still comes out an extra 50% cheaper than Chimera Squad, 60% / $7.49 cheaper than XCOM2’s Steam low of $12.50.
At $5 or less, my expectation is there’s going to be a lot more interest for XCOM2 from generally the kind of person who only played XCOM at a late stage of its life, and weren’t in any hurry to check XCOM2 out.
Additionally, from existing owners that love the game and will view this as a good chance to snatch a copy to give someone else, and save a good chunk of money that can then be spent on DLC or other games
Mind, it is your prerogative to be dissatisfied with this or other Choice bundles, nobody’s saying that you should be stuck in happy mode, a constant smile plastered on on your face and nodding consentingly at everything that comes out of Humble’s gates.
That said: I don’t exactly appreciate the point of taking something like this too close to heart - there is no shortage of game deals and bundles, frankly, Choice alone features, in twelve months, easily two to three times as many games as I can hope to play in an average year.
If a Choice bundle isn’t for me, my reaction is to feel actually kind of relieved that I don’t have to backlog more games just because the deal is so stupidly good!
If people are feeling disappointed because they expected more, because Choice costs more, I feel your pain, but this was basically par for the course given that now we do enjoy the great advantage of knowing perfectly well the contents of a bundle, as well as having a full month to make up our minds about the games featured.
We’ve received something of value, so it’s only reasonable that we give something in exchange.
I also long had a sense that maybe some might only be looking at quiet, reasonable places, and perhaps don’t appreciate how the world out there is full of doom-sayers that are calling the Apocalypse, not every month but every single day. We all do get this kind of blowing disappointment out of proportion e.g. in politics and it’s rare there isn’t an agenda behind it, and the consequences are seldom good for the public.
This is, anyway, a FYI in case some might assume that a few remarks I make, might refer to them personally when it is not the case.
As for XCOM2 being one of the headliners (of which I count three, but YMMV), I don’t see this as a problem.
One, because a few months ago I was already wishing that Choice would give us second chances.
Not every one of us has bought every single Monthly bundle that has come out, for a variety of different reasons and, as I was saying, these bundles have been the highest benchmark for bang for the buck on high quality games, for a very long time now.
Admittedly, I was thinking more along the lines of Final Reveals, where you literally couldn’t have seen them coming, however, for a game the caliber of XCOM2, I guess this is fair, it was -after all- standard practice for headliners to go on sale at the same price point whenever in a Monthly.
And two, because Choice allows you to omit XCOM2 from your personal bundle.
As for DLC - history teaches us that, outside of mono-thematic bundles like e.g. the recent Europa Universalis IV or Crusader Kings II bundles, it’s rare to see significant pieces of DLC included in regular bundles or Monthly / Choice. This isn’t a recent change, it dates back to at least Humble Indie Bundle IV, i.e. what is generally regarded as The Golden Age.