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Ghost Recon Commander Facebook game canceled, 15 laid off

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Ghost Recon Commander, the action-oriented Facebook game and mobile app, was canceled today and the team of 15 working on the game laid off, according to the game's developer.

"Sad news," Brenda Brathwaite, COO of developer Loot Drop tweeted. "Today, Ghost Recon Commander was canceled. As a result, we laid off a team of kick-ass developers. If you have openings, ping me."

Brathwaite, who over the weekend married John Romero, told Polygon that the two cut their honeymoon short to return to their San Bruno, California-based studios and break the news to the team in person.

The game has players sending their soldiers out on turn-based, tactically-driven missions to take out the enemies and complete the objectives without dying. The entire game is played from an isometric view and was designed to be tied in to PC and console game Ghost Recon: Future Soldier.

She said the news was unexpected. Just last week, the game was nominated for a Golden Joystick award for best free to play game. It ultimately lost to Slender, tying with Draw Something for the runner up slot.

"Tough day," Brathwaite said. "It kills me to let these people go."

Update: A Ubisoft spokesperson offered the following comment on the cancellation of Ghost Recon Commander.

Ghost Recon Commander will unfortunately be discontinued because the game play mechanics did not resonate with the core gamer audience. For our Ghost Recon fans, we will continue to operate Ghost Recon Commander from now until the end of the calendar year with monetization removed. This decision does not reflect a change of strategy for any of Ubisoft's other social games currently in development or operation.