Minecraft's 'Super Duper Graphics Pack' Canceled

Yolanda Curtis
August 13, 2019

Mojang announced Tuesday morning that it has ceased development on Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack, citing technical difficulties.

The studio went on to say "We realise this is disappointing to some of you - there was a lot of enthusiasm for Super Duper from inside and outside the studio - but unfortunately, we aren't happy with how the pack performed across devices".

While we may not ever know the full reason why this pack was pulled, it may have been a project that simply took too long to develop for low-end consoles.

It's highly likely that Mojang's push for platform parity lead to the cancellation.

Originally, the Super Duper Graphics Pack was to provide Minecraft players will enhanced visuals.

We've seen this happen many, many times over the years: Developers show impressive trailers with awesome graphic fidelity at E3, but the final product that ships a couple of months or years later looks nothing like what we saw in early teasers. Discovering after two years that you can't justify the update because some products can't run it, if true, speaks to some rather odd development priorities. If you want to give modding a shot, check out PCGamesN's list of glorious visual overhauls, while PC Gamer maintains a killer roundup of Minecraft mods that extend beyond mere graphical tweaks if you want to really get wild. Mojang and Microsoft jointly declared that Minecraft has sold 176 million copies as of May 2019. The ambitious plan was to make a downloadable add-on that all but did away with the basic, blocky look of the massively popular game.

It was going to be an optional DLC that meant it won't be applied to the default game.

But it looks like Mojang has not entirely given up on making an improved graphics pack for the game.

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