I’m not so concerned with the sprites as I am with content. I have seen a few teasers, but I’m not sure what’s fake and what’s real.
I dunno, I personally would like for Ryushiki to continue to draw his own sprites. It really speaks to the origins of his games and the level of personal involvement in his work. Although I agree the Higurashi sprites are an eyesore, I thought the Umineko sprites were pretty charming. I like some of them much more than the PS3 and alchemist sprites, but I only felt that way after I finished the story.
Shiny art draws in new fans. I would be most satisfied if there was a toggle setting between sprites (like in the Umi steam release), but that’s probably unrealistic.