Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
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Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack has been cancelled over performance issues

Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack has been cancelled over performance issues

In a statement Minecraft developer Mojang said it had ended development on what was known as the Super Duper graphics pack for the game. It didn't arrive that year either, however, leaving Minecraft fans to wonder what had happened to the project. 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 added: "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". According to the company, "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".

The most logical implication here is that Mojang couldn't find a way to build an engine that both delivered the capabilities they wanted at the top-end and still offered an acceptable level of performance on lower-end hardware. As such, they have stopped development on the pack and are looking into alternate ways for gamers to experience Minecraft with a new look. You wouldn't think it would be too hard to implement such features into a game like Minecraft, but evidently it was way more complicated than it seemed. 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.

This week, Mojang announced that the graphics pack is now dead.

The announcement doesn't get much more specific than that, so we don't know exactly which platforms were holding the DLC back.

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