The long-awaited graphics overhaul for Minecraft is now indefinitely stalled. Announced during E3 2017, developer Mojang announced today that development on the Super Duper Graphics Pack has ceased.
The pack, designed to bring a new look to Minecraft, was "too technically demanding to implement as planned," wrote Mojang staff in a blog post. The post went on to describe just what kind of state development was in, as the variety of platforms seemed to play a factor:
"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."
Originally teased back in 2017, the Super Duper Graphics Pack saw a delay into 2018 and then was left mysteriously absent in all future Minecraft talk. It looks like the pack was a little too much to roll out over the wide variety of systems that Minecraft now populates.
Considering Minecraft is now a massive cross-platform game that seems to be playable on every electronic device in some form, it's not too surprising that a graphical overhaul is delayed. Mojang is meanwhile likely looking ahead to the launch of Minecraft Earth, as well as what a new console generation could mean for one of the arguably most influential games of the last decade.