Back at E3 2017, Microsoft wasted no time in showing off their brand new hardware with the Xbox One X. At the same time, the publisher also revealed that there were plans to bring better visuals to Minecraft to harness all that extra power. Charmingly called the “Super Duper Graphics Pack”, the update allowed players to optionally enhance the visuals of the game – including shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass as well as new textures and a slew of other visual upgrades.
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Unfortunately, the update was continually pushed back and delayed until today Microsoft and Mojang confirmed that it wasn’t meant to be. In a statement published on Minecraft.net, the staff had the following to say: –
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.
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!
So that’s it! Perhaps Mojang will work on bringing these improvements to the newer generation of consoles, but for now, it seems the dream is dead.