Minecraft's Super Duper Graphics Pack has been cancelled

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Microsoft were riding high on the build up to the Xbox One X, promising native 4K graphics with games like Forza Motorsport 7 leading the charge as the rest of the then tiny Microsoft Studios went back and updated the company's recent back catalogue with improved graphics.

Minecraft developer here. The Graphics Team is still hard at work on this (it ended up being a ton more work than initially anticipated). Among other things, the Super Duper Graphics Pack promised "dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, edge highlighting, and more".

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Mojang didn't say as much but one has to wonder if the graphics pack simply put too much of a performance strain on weaker platforms like lower-end smartphones. Minecraft developer Mojang has confirmed that it has now stopped its development.

"For this reason, we're stopping development on the pack, and looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a newer look", the official statement read. Although it wouldn't have been a problem on high-end gaming PCs and the latest consoles, it probably was too heavy for portable mobile devices like the Nintendo Switch.

The devs behind the incredibly popular game, Minecraft, have announced bad news about a long-anticipated update for the game. Mojang was not happy with it, so they scrapped it. There might have also been fears about the impact of splitting the player base across multiple versions of the game and maintaining updates for both engines going forward.

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