According to Rod Fergusson's, Studio Head of Developer at The Coalition, recent statement on Twitter, Gears Tactics will be a single-player only experience and it will include no microtransactions. And by no microtransactions, he means not even cosmetics.
For those asking, #GearsTactics is single player and has no micro transactions. Not even cosmetic ones. Everything is earned in game.
— Rod Fergusson (@GearsViking) December 13, 2019
Gears Tactics is Xbox Game Studios' latest addition to the Gears of War franchise. As understood from the trailers, it's a turn-based strategy game that has a similar playstyle to rebooted XCOM games. Gears Tactics was first announced back in E3 2018 but the devs and Xbox were silent about the title until a few days ago. Gears Tactics was shown to the fans at The Game Awards after a year-long hiatus. The trailer is looking great and as a lover of the XCOM series, I'm pretty curious about how it will turn out.
As to the microtransactions side of things, I don't think it is a surprising decision. While there are a lot of people who spend tons of money on in-game purchases, there are a similar amount of people that despise the strategy. And to be honest, people who spend in-game money don't really spend it in single-player games. Gears Tactics is expected to come out sometime in 2020, and if you haven't seen the trailer yet, you can check out below.
Gears Tactics Game Trailer Video