Devs say they weren't happy with the way the Super Duper Graphics Pack performed across devices.
Upgrading the visuals of an existing game turns out to be a tricky prospect - even if that game is Minecraft, a title known for its big pixels, which has had a planned 4K texture pack cancelled owing to technical difficulties.
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Although this is awful news for fans of the series, there are still plenty of mods out there for PC users that will give players all sorts of new textures and enhanced graphics for the games. Although it wouldn't have been a problem on high-end gaming PCs and the latest consoles, it probably was too heavy for portable mobile devices like the Nintendo Switch. Mojang and Microsoft jointly declared that Minecraft has sold 176 million copies as of May 2019.
Announced via a post on the Minecraft blog, the add-on for the popular survival game has ceased development.
The most logical implication here is that Mojang couldn't find a way to build an engine that both delivered the capabilities they wanted at the top-end and still offered an acceptable level of performance on lower-end hardware.
"For this reason, we're stopping development on the pack, and looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a newer look", the official statement read. That makes sense, since Mojang is a Microsoft property, but it was later revealed the pack was confirmed for many platforms.