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Minecraft's Long-Promised Super-Duper 4K Graphics Pack Is Canceled

Minecraft's Long-Promised Super-Duper 4K Graphics Pack Is Canceled

It's a unusual capitulation from the company, with the Super Duper Graphics Pack only ever meant to target the Xbox One X and high-end PCs.

That update is that the future is dead, and the Super Duper Graphics Pack originally announced back at E3 2017 will no longer be developed.

We've seen this happen many, many times over the years: Developers show impressive trailers with unbelievable graphic fidelity at E3, but the final product that ships a couple of months or years later looks nothing like what we saw in early teasers.

Now, an announcement has been posted via the Minecraft website, saying that the "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".

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"Unfortunately", Mojang says in the official announcement, "we aren't happy with how the pack performed across devices". First of all, we would have expected this kind of work - specifically, the work of deciding which devices would be targets for Minecraft's SDGP - would have been typified before that project had begun. But at the same time, what sense does it make to scrap the rewrite after two full years in development? Of course, PC gamers with the O.G. Java Edition of Minecraft and a hunger for eye candy don't need to wait for Mojang to figure out how to optimize performance on phones and consoles with ancient CPUs, thanks to the power of mods.

Minecraft developer here. The Graphics Team is still hard at work on this (it ended up being a ton more work than initially anticipated).

But it looks like Mojang has not entirely given up on making an improved graphics pack for the game.