Graphics Pack Scrapped
Mojang have announced the highly anticipated Super Duper Graphics Pack is ceasing development.
The pack, first announced at E3 2017, was set to give players an alternative look to the 2009 block building phenomenon.
In a post to the official Minecraft blog, the staff of Mojang announced the pack “proved too technically demanding to implement”, which boasted advanced lighting and 4k capabilities. The pack also gave a new look to Minecraft textures, opting in for a medieval style, contrast to its signature look that has been lightly updated since the game’s existence. The team also explained why they made the decision to cease work on the pack:
“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. We’ll be able to share more on that subject very soon.”
Essentially, the pack failed to perform to the team’s standards. Minecraft is avaliable on a wide range of platforms, ranging from the 2DS to the Apple TV, both of which have been given their final updates. It’s likely that Mojang were working on bringing the pack the newer versions of the game, which are currently the Bedrock editions and the Java edition.
The team also expressed their interest to explore other options, claiming they’re “looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a new look”.
A new look for Minecraft is nothing new with texture packs existing for years. More recently modders have been able to take advantage of ray tracing technology to give the game a realistic look.
Minecraft itself has seen a resurgence lately, with old players hopping back into the sandbox to seek childhood memories. This is evident when in May of this year, Minecraft surpassed Tetris and became the bestselling game of all time. In April, the game received a major update called the 1.14 Village and Pillage update, which revamped Villagers and added some new blocks, as well as foxes.
The game also reportedly had 91 million active players monthly in March.
Minecraft is out now on most consoles (there’s too many), but mainly on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
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