Minecraft’s anticipated Super Duper Graphics Pack gets cancelled

The much-delayed Super Duper Graphics Pack for Minecraft has been axed due to technical issues.

Developer Mojang has decided to cancel the release, which was promised to bring improved visual effects and 4K capability on Xbox One X. Originally due to be released in 2017 before facing delays, it proved to be "too technically demanding".

“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," the studio wrote in a statement. 

"We've been trying to solve Super Duper for a long time."

Individual developers at the studio have spoken out before on Reddit about the issues they faced, including the need to write a new custom engine for Minecraft. Which is a tough gig, considering that the engine would need to support “11 different platforms, including VR/AR/MR”. 

"We're looking into different options with our Render Dragon graphics engine, and will have more to share soon," Mojang assured. 

Additional reporting by AsiaOne