What you need to know

  • Minecraft is a sandbox game from Microsoft.
  • The title was supposed to get a visual overhaul with the Super Duper Graphics Pack.
  • The team canceled the project because it didn't perform well across devices.
  • You can play Minecraft through Xbox Game Pass.

In 2017, Microsoft said that it was working on a Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft. This download would revamp the visuals by adding better lighting and much more to the game. Since then, we haven't heard much about the project, and today, the Minecraft Team announced that it had been canceled.

Minecraft runs on quite a number of devices and it seems like the visual upgrade proved too technically challenging for certain platforms. In a post on the game's website, the studio said the following.

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 realize 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.

Hopefully, the team will find a new way to improve the visuals of the game. There are third-party mods available on a number of websites which can add better lighting and textures. Unfortunately, it looks like we'll have to wait for a first-party solution.

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Awesome Minecraft merch

Love Minecraft? We're fairly certain you'll love these accessories equally.

Minecraft Sprites Premium T-Shirt ($19 at Amazon)

Show off your Minecraft pride with this premium tee from Jinx, showcasing many of Minecraft's iconic mobs.

Minecraft Lego: The End Battle ($20 at Amazon)

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Minecraft for Nintendo Switch ($30 at Amazon)

Minecraft for Nintendo Switch features full cross-play between Xbox, Windows 10, mobile phones, and even VR!

Minecraft shades ($8 at Amazon)

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