For this year’s April Fools’ Day, Niantic updated Pokemon GO to swap out the game’s sprites with the pixel art sprites from the Game Boy games. The nostalgic throwback was well loved by the community, and now they have started a petition asking the game company to keep this design choice.
A petition has been started on Change.org, wherein they ask Niantic to enable the use of the pixel art as an optional setting. They believe that since the assets already exist, it should be easy to make this change. Currently, 6,412 people have virtually signed the petition.
“We hereby petition Niantic to create an in-game switch that allows players to choose which sprite set to use: normal or 8-bit sprite sheet. Given that the art assets for an 8-bit sprite sheet already exist, this petition should be a minimum burden on Niantic’s development process and future releases.”
Petitions made on Change.org have a history of being disregarded, however. While the system is an all right way to show that many people are interested in an idea, The lack of identity confirmation has made the program unreliable. With no outside word by Niantic, we have no way of knowing whether they intend to keep the feature or not.
Also, because I’m petty, that graphical style isn’t 8-bit, but pixel art. While similar, 8-bit graphics are far more restricted. They cannot have more than 4 colors at a given time and are often restricted to a maximum resolution of 32 by 16 pixels.