Mojang's latest Minecraft blog post has revealed the cancellation of the Super Duper Graphics Pack.
This "ambitious initiative" was meant to bring a new look to the open-world survival crafting game, but unfortunately has proven too technically demanding to implement. The main reason it has been axed is due to the pack's performance across devices.
Here's the full explanation:
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.
Minecraft is available on a wide range of platforms, and we’re constantly trying to make the most of the technical architecture of each one. We’ll be able to share more on that subject very soon. Thanks for your patience, and sorry for not following through on our plans!
Although Mojang doesn't directly reference it in the above post, the Super Duper update is tied to the game's Bedrock Edition, which previously unified multiple versions of the game into one shared platform. This includes the Nintendo Switch release.
As disappointing as this update is, at least there's still a chance of a graphical update in the future - with Mojang noting how it is investigating other ways for players to experience Minecraft with a new look.
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