As part of Microsoft’s E3 showing in 2017, Mojang announced the “Super Duper Graphics Pack” for Minecraft. It would have brought an overhaul to the visuals of the game including realistic lighting, shadows, and 4K resolution support. Unfortunately, it was announced on August 12th, 2019 that the pack is no longer in development.
In an official blog post, Mojang cited technical difficulties with the pack’s performance across multiple devices. “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,” a staff member wrote.
Given how Minecraft has made ease of play on a variety of platforms a priority, it makes sense that something like the graphics pack wouldn’t fit the IP’s current direction. For now, the team is looking for new ways for people to experience Minecraft with a new look without compromising its performance.
— Michael Baginski