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.
Were you looking forward to the Super Duper Pack? Leave a comment below.
Wow, I was genuinely excited for this. How disappointing.
Shame, some people I know were looking forward to it, but I can't say I'm among them.
I didn’t know this was a thing and now I’m bummed that this thing is no longer a thing.
I've been waiting for this since the first day, for over two years.
I really hope they do some kind of graphics update at the very least
well that's super duper lame.
I'm excited about this because it strikes me that this shows dedication to a perfect 60fps refresh rate. Minecraft is really fun to play, and a big part of it is how it always moves perfectly smoothly. I guess if they reduced the resolution then they could probably add all kinds of lighting and other graphical effects while maintaining 60fps, but I'm really happy with Minecraft as it is.
While disappointing it’s important to remember that Minecraft’s graphics hold a spot that other titles would kill for. All the advanced lighting and physics consistently melt away with each new plateau while Minecraft’s bare world is as iconic and comforting as booting up Super Mario Bros.
I’m legitimately bummed. I bought the game for this feature.
Sounds good. Rather have them not release it then release something that runs like butt. Wish Igarashi had done this.
They should just release this on PC anyways. I can understand cancelling it for the Switch but I don't see why they needed to cancel it entirely.
Nintendo holding them back.
I'd never even heard of the Super Duper Pack. Then again, I pretty much only play the Java version, and pretty much only online, and pretty much only on the Vox Populi server, specifically the Emerald server for Vox Populi.
And even then, it's been a long while since I've played Minecraft. I've just been too busy with work and real life, and the fact that the playroom that I have my computer in has been taken over by my brother who turned into his bedroom for the summer.
And what are the odds the Switch version was the main problem. As hot as the Switch is right now they probably didn't want to release it in a bad state on the system. Chances are they thought about releasing only to fix it as they went along but decided not to make the Switch the worst version. Might be a good decision in the long run.
@Spoony_Tech I don't think we could say definitively that its because of the Switch. Remember...the "Super Duper Graphics Pack" was to run under the Bedrock engine...the new version of Minecraft that has total parity between the major systems its played on. This means Xbox...Switch...PC (with the Win10 version, not Java)...tablet...mobile...etc. If anything was a bottleneck holding it back, I'd think it was more on the mobile/tablet front than Switch. Currently, the Switch version of Bedrock Minecraft looks and plays just fine. And that's including running around on the community driven "game" servers. You can get a little loading lag every now and again on those when first logging into them, but once in it always seems to run just fine to me...even with tons of players running around together.
Massive failure on their end. People have been waiting for ages for this.
As disappointing as this is its pretty understandable really since it would be defeating one of Minecrafts biggest selling points in that you can run it on virtually anything
I can understand why though. My game will freeze for 1/2 a second every minute or so if I don't turn down the render distance to the lowest setting. But I don't know if this was just for switch, so I feel bad for xbox players that were excited for this.
@JayJ there are tons of mods on PC that upgrade the graphics tremendously, called shaders. PC uses a completely different version of the game anyway. Mobile, xbox, and switch all use bedrock, whilst PC uses java. (Ps4 doesn't use either, it's just Ps4 edition)
@JayJ Just install a shader pack if you play on PC
@Spoony_Tech I am pretty sure too it was due to the Switch, since the Bedrock version performs really poor on the Switch right now with ton of performance issues.
They have come a long way with fixes and updates, but its still not on the same performance level as the earlier dedicated Switch version.
@Bluper PC has the Windows 10 edition, which is the Bedrock version.
I also have the JAVA version on PC, but its no longer actively updated for quite some time now.
All development is on Bedrock Edition only from now on.
This seemed inevitable considering how long it was taking, but it’s still really disappointing. You’d think Mojang would be able to figure out a way to reverse-engineer shaders from the java edition into the bedrock editions, but I guess their will to bring it to EVERYTHING as opposed to just Xbox One X ultimately killed the project.
I don't what they had in mind, but Minecraft's look is a major part of the Minecraft brand. Changing it up is playing with fire.
@Jeronan Java has it's own dev team and has so far had features implemented before bedrock has. (Foxes, shields, new combat mechanics)
It was killed so it can be the big thing for Minecraft 2......exclusively for Xbonetwo, anyone that thought MS was your multiplat buddy was being naive it’s all been marketing when they lock sequels to their next overpriced console, if MS was serious about multiplat they wouldn’t be racing to put out a new console in the same year as Sony when they just put about the Xbox One X not even fully two years ago, that thing was marketed as “the most powerful gaming console evar!!!!!!!!1 omg 4K 60fps” yet here we go with them already ready to push out another one while we’re supposed to believe their committed to multiplat?
Well, I was wondering what was taking so long with that. 😔 guess we’ll see what else they will do now.
@Highlar I suspect that what @Spoony_Tech says on message number 13 somewhere up there, is right.
@EasyDaRon You are obviously not very talented in appreciating talented developers.
It looks horrible anyway imo, and totally got away from what makes the whole look of Minecraft unique and so appealing to so many, as well as what makes it easier to create anything with the blocks that are there have the image look right. Once you start adding in more and more realism it becomes harder to create stuff that doesn't quite fit in with the specific aesthetic and design of that realism.
@Jeronan - have you tried the switch version since the recent 1.12.0 update?
There was a significant bug fix (MCPE-36976) which resolved a lot of the serious performance issues in the switch version if you had a profile with resource packs downloaded. It was a night-and-day difference in my case - my main profile with a lot of packs downloaded was practically unplayable before the update.
From personal experience I find the bedrock edition runs a bit faster now than the old switch-edition though maybe not as stable overall. There's still occasional lag spikes but thankfully they're pretty infrequent. The load times could still do with more work though.
What!? I bought mine craft on Xbox one in anticipation of this pack being released!!!
@60frames-please It is impressive for a game that was built sole in Java for sure.
Well....this was the only thing that was going to get me to give MC a try again.....oh well, there goes that. I find the stock graphics really really really hard to look at for any length of time on any device that isn't a CRT...
I play on PC (Java) 1.14.x right now. Shaders installed on extreme settings with no resource pack. That’s what I imagine Minecraft should get in the future.
I just wish I could access to my Minecraft account, Mojang's support sucks, I've had a ticket open over a month to get my minecraft account back since I'm guessing it might have been hacked since I can't get access to password resets. I've been in the mood to play again after several years break after watching Pewdiepie's daily videos.
Good reason to stop playing Minecraft
I admit I was looking forward to this, as I haven't really played Minecraft much lately, but this would have given the game a different look and feel for sure. Hopefully Mojang will be able to make some kind of graphical update that looks and performs great.
@N8tiveT3ch More likely smartphones.
Not sure if the Switch is to blame here. If there was a problem with this working across multiple platforms, mobile would be worse off. Plus, how about lower end PCs?
I dunno, they tried having a graphics update work across multiple hardware but wanted parity between them at the same time.... Kinda seemed like a pipe dream given that you can play Minecraft on all sorts of different hardware. But of course Nintendo's the easy target to blame here, I get it.
It was probably canned so the fanbase wouldn't get angry. The only console that could do it is Xbox One X.
If it arrived on just X and PC, you'd have a tonne of pissed off Xbox One, PS4, Switch, mobile fanboys chomping at their dangly bits.
Hello Games is blowing people's minds...
Mojang is just blowing it.
Shouldn't they have added VR like a year ago too?
I don't get it. How does a blocky pixellated mess like Minecraft not get a graphics upgrade due to hardware limitations? Give it to Panic Button and they'll figure it out. Lol
It's mainly for the PC which isn't an underpowered device.
the java version has a ton of mods that make it look really nice (as nice as minecraft can at least).
wow l bet a lot of Minecraft fans are sad n mad about this.
so let me get this straight
Microsoft couldn't accomplish with a single pack what modders have literally been doing since 2012
that's honestly hilarious
Sounds more like: Microsoft wanted us to make Minecraft 2!
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