Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

It is now two years since Microsoft announced the Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft, a major upgrade and new look for the game, but now the update has been canceled.

This week, Mojang announced that the graphics pack is now dead. The main reason it has been axed is to do with the pack's performance across devices. The first we heard of Super Duper was during E3 2017, and in November of 2017, the devs promised that Super Duper would land in 2018. The good news - if you're not looking to 3rd-party crews to keep this party rolling - is that the official development crews are "looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a new look".

It is likely that the cross-platform nature of Minecraft proved to be something of a stumbling block when it came to delivering the Super Duper Graphics Pack; Microsoft hints at this by saying that it wasn't "happy with how the pack performed across devices".

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Mojang's statement went on to say that the studio wasn't happy with how the update was performing across the different platforms Minecraft on which is now available, which range from Xbox One X to smartphones.

This update would have brought to Minecraft features such as volumetric lighting, enhanced water, and reflective textures, dynamic shadows, edge highlighting, and a lot more.

A spokesperson from the studio reached out to Kotaku via email, stating they had "tried to solve Super Duper for a long time" and that they were now exploring alternative options with their Render Dragon graphics engine. "We're looking into different options with our Render Dragon graphics engine, and will have more to share soon".

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