If you’re checking out Pokémon Go’s new quest system this weekend, you’re in for a fun surprise: sprites!
To celebrate the internet’s favorite holiday April Fool’s Day early, Niantic is replacing the images of Pokémon that show up in Go’s menus with their 2D counterparts. This doesn’t affect them on the field or during the catching and stats screens, however.
Of course, Niantic also had some fun with the concept on their blog:
Experience Pokémon GO like never before with cutting-edge 8-BIT GRAPHICS! Registering approximately twice the definition of 4K, the chunky squares of each pixel provide realistic detail and unbelievable definition. Your Pokédex will feel lifelike in ways previously unimagined on any handheld device ever created.
[Source: Pokémon Go official blog]
Honestly, this change should be permanent. It’s pretty cool.