At last year’s E3, Microsoft made a few big announcements relating to the massively-popular Minecraft. The Better Together update was first shown off with its main new feature being cross-platform play between several editions of the game. But there was also another big new feature that was revealed: enhanced visuals.
Despite first releasing in 2011, Minecraft has always looked like something out of the era of early-90s 3D gaming. The age of the first 3D games which were on Windows, the PS1 and N64. As a result, modders have been tweaking the game for years to attempt to bring the game’s visual quality up to modern standards. Now, Microsoft is aiming to do that officially with the ‘Super Duper Graphics Pack’. It sports new visual elements like shaders and particle effects, along with improved lighting, shadows and textures. All of it results in truly much more beautiful presentation than the original game.
It was set to launch along with the Better Together update but was pushed back into 2018. So, what’s the status? According to the new Head of Xbox, Helen Chiang, it will come in time. For now, the team is focused on quality control.
Chiang explained this during a recent interview with Popsugar. Basically, the Minecraft team wants to make sure that everything works as intended right out of the box, so the pack will only be released when it’s fully ready. Here’s her full statement on the matter:
“People ask, ‘Hey, when is it coming out?’ Well, I think the thing that we’ve learned through the Better Together update is that we want it to be perfect when it comes out. So the team is taking the time to iterate and make sure that the experience is at the quality we want it to be by the time we bring it out to our players.”
So, as you can see there’s still no exact release date. That’s a shame, but at least the devs are willing to try and push themselves to deliver something of quality instead of rushing it out and trying to fix it later (which is beginning to become a trend with a lot of recent releases from various studios).