Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack fans just got 4K burned

It would seem that the future of the Minecraft Super Duper Graphics Pack is no more! According to the folks at Minecraft – the official crew – there's only one more "final update" on the Super Duper pack. That update is that the future is dead, and the Super Duper Graphics Pack originally announced back at E3 2017 will no longer be developed. Not in-studio, anyway.

It'd be an absolute shock if a group of intrepid 3rd-party developers didn't take it upon themselves to continue to create a new Super Duper Graphics Pack after Minecraft's in-house team leaves the pieces floating in the wind. According to a Minecraft representative, "the pack proved too technically demanding to implement as planned."

"We realize 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," said that very same Minecraft representative. The good news – if you're not looking to 3rd-party crews to keep this party rolling – is that the official development crews are "looking into other ways for you to experience Minecraft with a new look."

That sorta silly, though, for the average user. Most players are out here downloading new looks pretty regularly – not really even noticing the fact that there's a different way to play. Cross your fingers this means that the developers at Minecraft are doubling down on finding new ways to be innovative even across multiple platforms at once – cross those fingers so much!

AND of course the devil's advocate response is as it's always been, albeit now the burn is in 4K rather than just 1080p resolution. Why in god's name does a game that's made of GIANT PIXELS need an update to work in a 4K environment, one might say. It's still as much madness now as it was back when it was first announced a... what was it... a hundred years ago? Or two years ago. Same thing in gamer years.