Xbox Game Studios' Mojang has announced that they have canceled the MinecraftSuper Duper Graphics Pack. The graphics update has since been in development for the past two years and has provided extremely challenging for the developers, as numerous delays have had to go underway. According to the folks at Minecraft - the official crew - there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack.
It's a odd capitulation from the company, with the Super Duper Graphics Pack only ever meant to target the Xbox One X and high-end PCs.
During the development of the Super Duper Graphics Pack, Mojang said that it wasn't happy with the performance of the game across devices.
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"Unfortunately", they write in a blog post, "the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned". Minecraft developer Mojang has confirmed that it has now stopped its development.
While we may not ever know the full reason why this pack was pulled, it may have been a project that simply took too long to develop for low-end consoles. The upcoming launch of a new console generation and the inevitable upgrade treadmill for mobile devices should have provided a more robust hardware platform for the game relative to 2017. But yesterday those hopes were dashed on the jagged, aliased edge of a square of stone, as it was announced the pack is wack. When you look at what the features the update would have provided, it's not hard to see that the original Xbox would have likely struggled to run the update and if the pack wouldn't work on all Xbox versions, the risk of splitting the Xbox userbase likely played a key role into the decision. The ambitious plan was to make a downloadable add-on that all but did away with the basic, blocky look of the massively popular game.