Minecraft’s long-promised Super Duper Graphics Pack isn’t happening now

Mojang cancels Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack.

Now, an announcement has been posted via the Minecraft website, saying that the "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".

Through the looking glass: Mojang announced the Super Duper Graphics Pack during Microsoft's press conference at E3 2017. It seems that after at least two years of development, the pack was not coming together as Mojang had hoped and has ceased development, despite the excitement for the optional expansion.

It'd be an absolute shock if a group of intrepid 3rd-party developers didn't take it upon themselves to continue to create a new Super Duper Graphics Pack after Minecraft's in-house team leaves the pieces floating in the wind.

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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". Minecraft runs on a huge number of devices, but you don't typically develop an expansion like this without targets in mind, because (presumably) you'll be testing the updates on a variety of systems as you work through them. Such efforts are not trivial and it isn't insane for a total overhaul to take two years. Minecraft developer Mojang has confirmed that it has now stopped its development. It's saddening that the pack has been canceled though. The original PC version has sold 30 million copies.

It was going to be an optional DLC that meant it won't be applied to the default game. That makes sense, since Mojang is a Microsoft property, but it was later revealed the pack was confirmed for many platforms.

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