Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack Ceasing Development

"Some of you might remember us announcing the Super Duper Graphics Pack during E3 2017. 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.

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

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Sgt_Slaughter12d ago (Edited 12d ago )

Funny how fans can make packs like this yet Microsoft/Mojang themselves can't.

Let this also be a lesson for other developers. Don't announce projects so far in advance when you're not even sure if/when it'll release properly (or at all, in this case).

anonymousfan12d ago

If I remember well the hype around this came around the same time as they announced the Xbox One X. Another cancelled Microsoft project I guess. Loved my Xbox 360 last gen yet I am so happy I went PS4 this gen.

Mr Pumblechook12d ago (Edited 12d ago )

I'm sad to hear this as the game looked great in the Super Duper Graphics Pack trailer (which Microsoft has now been taken down from YouTube.) It seems the extra lighting effects and textures were more demanding, on the product page it says "The pack will be released on Xbox One and Windows 10, performing best on high-end PCs and Project Scorpio." Hopefully Xbox Scarlett will be powerful enough to run a newer version.

What's disappointing is that it was never scheduled to appear on other platforms like PS4 which perhaps suggest that in the future Microsoft will reserve the best Minecraft features for their own brand console.

omegaheat12d ago

Please spare us with your attempts to convince us that you used to be an Xbox fan, but now somehow a Playstation fan . You don't have to claim your expired Xbox fandom in order to justify your dislike for the product.

stglt11d ago

Well fans didn't make any pack like this. You have packs that look like this or better but you need a monster PC to run it. That's one reason for this not to come out, you would need a monster PC to run it. Another reason is the arrival of Ray Tracing and the game changer that it is. Microsoft will want Minecraft with RT on the next Xbox and PC, that's what they're working on.

Bottom line, it is a huge FAIL by Mojang, this pack looked sick

Z50111d ago

This is the result of "No gamer left behind"

Literal_Cringe12d ago

I was actually looking forward to it and wondering why the pack wasn't mentioned last year or this year, I am very disappointed.

Applejack12d ago

This is absolutely ridiculous. I’ve been patiently waiting for this to come out so I can jump back into Minecraft then this news happens..

Xaevi12d ago

I don't care either way, but I just hafto ask. You only work on Minecraft, or Minecraft related projects, you have nothing else to worry and yet you can't release a texture pack? You have a fanbase that has added Ray-tracing and realistic textures that make Minecraft look like an U4 engine tech demo in less time and for free. Yet you can't do this why?

gamer780412d ago

It's because of tablets and phones.... once again ruining things for the rest of us.

Ausbo12d ago

Remember they are also working on two other Minecraft games. They must’ve decided to use those people working on this for other things

rainslacker12d ago

Because the minecraft devs make things that are supposed to work between platforms. Modders make things to work for people who have the proper hardware to run it.

It's the principal of lowest common denominator.

yoshatabi11d ago

Then just make this pack for the proper hardware. Problem solved

rob-GP12d ago

Those modders had modded the actual PC version though - this was for the UWP 'better together' version which was simply a mobile port of the game. The Java version which all the PC Minecraft players use is very different to this version as this one was gimped for mobile use.

Z50111d ago

They have to develop for the lowest common denominator.

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Vokun12d ago

Sucks for the ones who play MC, but at least they were honest about it and gave an update on the issue. Now where is that development update on Deep Down...

Araragifeels 11d ago

You comparing two different thing which is not fair.

Minecraft is a game that came out long time ago. The studio have no excuse for cancelling this pack since modders already made pack in 4K but better. They can't make an excuse about current console not having the power to handle something like these caliber because they can optimize the pack to play it in 1080 or upscale to 4K, if the current console can't do actually 4K.

Deep Down is a game that was only shown 1 or 2 times. It was a time that Capcom was struggling and was making bad decision. The game is either on hold or in development hell or rebooting the project.

r2oB10d ago

@ Vokun

Go ask Capcom.

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