Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

As announced during E3 2017, the Super Duper Graphics Pack was supposed to enhance the visuals in Minecraft by a substantial amount. The update was initially meant to launch in 2017 but unfortunately saw several delays.

"For this reason, we're stopping development on the pack, and looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a newer look", the official statement read.

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

Although this is bad news for fans of the series, there are still plenty of mods out there for PC users that will give players all sorts of new textures and enhanced graphics for the games. Microsoft were riding high on the build up to the Xbox One X, promising native 4K graphics with games like Forza Motorsport 7 leading the charge as the rest of the then tiny Microsoft Studios went back and updated the company's recent back catalogue with improved graphics. First of all, we would have expected this kind of work - specifically, the work of deciding which devices would be targets for Minecraft's SDGP - would have been typified before that project had begun. Of course, PC gamers with the O.G. Java Edition of Minecraft and a hunger for eye candy don't need to wait for Mojang to figure out how to optimize performance on phones and consoles with ancient CPUs, thanks to the power of mods.

Announced via a post on the Minecraft blog, the add-on for the popular survival game has ceased development. Mojang was not happy with it, so they scrapped it. Otherwise, Mojang's graphics team has just spent two years of work on a major engine rewrite, only to see their efforts basically flushed down the drain.

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