Mojang has officially announced that they have ended development for the Super Duper Graphics Pack. The project intended to trade in Minecraft‘s blocky graphics with smoother, crisper effects. However, the feature proved “too technically demanding to implement”.
The optional add-on, planned for release in fall of 2017, was announced at E3 that same year as “Minecraft’s Super Duper Graphics Pack.” As a downloadable content feature, it featured “dynamic shadows, lighting that streams through fog, movement in leaves and grass, new textures for mobs and villagers, directional lighting, [and] edge highlighting.”
Mojang deemed the DLC “a whole new way to see the game,” but emphasized that this feature was entirely optional. “Minecraft’s original lovely look is going nowhere,” the developer said at the time.
On Monday, after a lengthy delay, Mojang officially scrapped the graphics pack, releasing the following statement:
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.
While many disappointed by this change, they need not fret. While Minecraft may have fallen short on their end, this shouldn’t discourage players from downloading their own shader packs.
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Author’s note: A personal favorite would be Sildur’s Shaders, which you can find out more about here.