Proved “too technically demanding to implement”.
More than two years after its preliminary unveiling, Mojang has lastly confirmed that Minecraft’s very-long-awaited Super Duper Graphics Pack is not in growth.
Mojang initially introduced the Super Duper Graphics Pack alongside Minecraft’s Better Together replace. While the latter was a core system replace, transferring all platforms (besides PS4) to the sport’s new Bedrock model and enabling cross-play within the course of, the Super Duper Graphics replace was all about aesthetics; it could give the survival recreation a large, non-obligatory visible overhaul, initially launching alongside the then-imminent Xbox One X model.
Better Together would convey 4K HDR assist, in addition to improved lighting, water, and shadows, however Super Duper Graphics would, based on Mojang’s enthusiastic announcement weblog, usher in all kinds of “extreme visible razzmatazz”, together with dynamic shadows, directional lighting, and edge highlighting. “Light will filter in shimmering rays by means of cotton clouds,” it gushed, “dappling the bottom beneath fluttering foliage, and glowing on the rippling waters.” It even accompanied the announcement with a particularly lavish musical trailer:
As 2017 drew to a detailed, nevertheless, Mojang introduced that it could be delaying the discharge of the Super Duper replace into the next 12 months, writing that, “there’s a number of work to be completed”. And from then on out, updates grew more and more scarce, leaving many to ponder its destiny.
And, right this moment, a solution has arrived within the type of a brand new submit on the Minecraft web site. “Super Duper was an formidable initiative that introduced a brand new look to Minecraft,” defined Mojang, “however, sadly, the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as deliberate.”
“There was a number of enthusiasm for Super Duper from inside and outdoors the studio,” it continued, “however sadly, we aren’t proud of how the pack carried out throughout units. For this motive, we’re stopping growth on the pack, and searching into different methods so that you can expertise Minecraft with a brand new look.”