Announced back at E3 2017 as a downloadable update, Minecraft’s “Super Duper Graphics Pack” was meant to improve visuals for those who enjoy the graphics of Minecraft, but desire better graphics. Unfortunately, the graphics pack was canceled.
What was supposedly included in the pack?
The graphics pack was supposed to feature a massive overhaul for Minecraft, adding features like realistic lighting, shadows, reflective water surfaces and more realistic fauna and flora, alongside full 4K resolution for devices that could support it.
The cancellation was announced by Mojang in a post: “the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned”. The studio chose to cancel the release of the update due to poor performance across devices. Perhaps this was a wise move, as gamers will appreciate a clean, stable experience later rather than a rushed and buggy one now.
One of Minecraft’s selling points is the fact that it’s not a demanding game: it can run on devices like smartphones, Raspberry Pi’s and up to high-end gaming PCs so while some of these devices would have easily handled ultra-realistic graphics, most of them would have greatly struggled, as developers suggest:
“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,” the developers said. While an official release is not confirmed, there is hope that the developers haven’t quit the idea of introducing the update.