In E3 2017, fans of Minecraft received some awesome news. Mojang has announced their plans to rework Minecraft’s graphics and introduce a whole new Super Duper Graphics Pack, overhauling the game’s visuals and enabling it to run in 4k resolution. At first, the update was supposed to be released by the end of 2017, however, it had to be delayed until 2018 just to miss for the second time. Now, Mojang finally broke the silence confirming what many of us expected – The Super Duper Graphics Pack was canceled.
The creators of Minecraft released an official statement titled “A final update on the Super Duper pack. It reads:
“Some of you might remember us announcing the Super Duper Graphics Pack during E3 2017. Super Duper was an ambitious initiative that brought a new look to Minecraft but, unfortunately, the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned.
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. For this reason, we’re stopping development on the pack, and looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a new look.
Minecraft is available on a wide range of platforms, and we’re constantly trying to make the most of the technical architecture of each one. We’ll be able to share more on that subject very soon.
Thanks for your patience, and sorry for not following through on our plans!”
So, essentially, this means that the studio is not abandoning the idea entirely, only that The Super Duper Graphics Pack was a bit more demanding than the current generation of computers and consoles can handle smoothly. So, maybe the project will be revived sometime in the future. With Mojang and their announcements, you can never know for sure. Oh, we’ve almost forgotten… We’re also still waiting for that Minecraft AR that was announced back at E3 2015.