Minecraft's Big Graphics Upgrade Will Be Delayed To 2018

Minecon Earth announcements include an aquatic update, a new mob, and more coming to Minecraft

In less positive news, the Super Duper Graphics Pack, which will significantly improve the visual experience has been delayed until 2018. From dolphins to tridents, the new content that's being called Update Aquatic will change the ocean as you know it. The Update Aquatic was announced at Minecon Earth, and is an overhaul of the entirety of the game's sea life, arriving in Spring 2018. Dolphins will likely be used to guide the players to wear treasures are hidden underwater.

The next Minecraft update will greatly expand the oceans of the block-building game, but the anticipated graphics upgrade and Nintendo Switch version with cross-platform play have been delayed to next year.

The update will split the oceans into biomes, the team said at the Minecon Earth conference, with different type of fish, coral and kelp depending on the temperature of the water. In the meantime, "Minecraft" is available for play on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, and PC.

Instead, the biggest improvement (beyond the Better Together release) is The Update Acquatic, which refines underwater adventures. No specific dates in 2018 that we can expect, but Microsoft will probably share those details at a later date. You can watch a full rundown on The Update Aquatic, starring Minecraft's lead creative designer Jens Bergensten, and Bojack Horseman and Arrested Development Star Will Arnett in the video above, in what is maybe one of the most off-brand game tie-ins I've ever seen. The Super Duper Graphics pack and the new Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft are just both not yet ready to be rolled out, though hopefully the wait would not be too long.

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