Mojang cancels Minecraft Super Duper graphics pack

Minecraft’s popularity

Minecraft and its popularity are reinvigorated in today’s date. It’s not just with Pewdiepie’s army of gameplay videos. Its also strengthened by its availability on multiple platforms, including consoles such as Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, iOS and Android.

The game provides the ability to host servers, graphics and textures pack made by many modders. Some of these third-party mod packs are hardware intensive. As a result, it needs the best hardware to run the game with these mods. These packs amplify its gameplay value tremendously. This may have prompted Microsoft’s announcement about its initiative to release its own Super Duper Graphics card for the game.

This, of course, was two years ago at E3 2017. Recently, Mojang announced it is cancelling this plan.

Original Statement

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.

Majong’s original plan

Mojang’s intention was to introduce a new look to Minecraft on multiple platforms. It seems that they wanted to provide a uniform high texture and detailed gameplay across all platforms. Hardware intensive packs would be unrealistic as only high-end PCs can power up such shader and texture upgrades. This dilutes the experience on other platforms due to its hardware limitations. That would be a concern for the developer if they couldn’t implement it even on the consoles. Either they need to roll out these updates for PC and/or console exclusively, or roll back its plans.

Maybe a new toned-down texture pack in the works?


It is likely that Mojang will release a new texture pack whose graphics would be more tamed compared to its earlier plan. While this would enhance the quality of gameplay for many of its gamers, it may not tempt third-party texture and shader users to jump ship. For now, Minecraft PC gamers are fine with what’s available out there.

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