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Much was made over Roger Craig Smith recently announcing his departure as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. However, while there’s been lots of speculation pointing towards SEGA making the move, it turns out that it was his own decision.

That news was shared as part of an interview with Voices from Krypton. Smith feels as though he’s given his all to Sonic, and that now was the right time to move on and explore new roles.

Smith said during the podcast:

The follow-up to the 2020 Sonic the Hedgehog movie now has an official name. While not much of a surprise, the upcoming film will be titled Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

A teaser announcing the title was shared today. It emphasizes that Tails will be a big part of the movie.

Here’s the 10-second teaser in full:

After a decade in the role, Roger Craig Smith will no longer be voicing Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA hasn’t announced who will be taking over the role moving forward, but some fans are hoping it’ll be Ben Schwartz – who played the character in last year’s movie.

For what it’s worth, Schwartz says he hasn’t given the possibility much thought, though he’s a big fan of Sonic and the fan base. Additionally, he mentioned to that “nobody’s had a conversation with me about any of that.”

Schwartz’s full words:

Last year, LEGO worked with Nintendo on numerous products based on Mario. The company is now teaming up with SEGA to produce a set for Sonic the Hedgehog.

You can thank UK-based LEGO builder Viv Grannell for making it all happen. After Grannell’s pitch for a LEGO and Sonic crossover found support in the LEGO Ideas program, the project moved forward and gained the official support of SEGA.

Grannell said:

It was just last week that we heard about Roger Craig Smith moving on from the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. As it turns out, that’s not the only major casting change for the series.

Cindy Robinson, the voice of Amy Rose, has confirmed that she’s no longer playing the role. The character had been hers to voice for a decade.

Robinson confirmed on Twitter:

Update: Official announcement added below. Sonic Prime will have 24 episodes, and the press release states: “Sonic’s adventure is about more than a race to save the universe, it’s a journey of self-discovery and redemption.”

Original: Last month, we heard that Netflix is hard at work on a new 3D animated series for Sonic the Hedgehog. The news was officially announced today and we have an actual title as well.

Sonic Prime is the name of the upcoming Netflix show. It’s set to debut sometime in 2022.

Unfortunately, actual details surrounding Sonic Prime are mostly unknown. SEGA, WildBrain, and Man of Action are all working on the series.

Roger Craig Smith indicated today that he is stepping away from the role of Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA has now made the news official, and passed along a statement as well.

It reads in full:

After a decade in the role, it appears that Roger Craig Smith will no longer be voicing Sonic the Hedgehog.

As shared on social media today just a few minutes ago:

It’s been three decades since the original release of Sonic the Hedgehog. This week though, there was a major discovery related to the game. Despite how long its been since the 1991 launch, a new prototype popped up online.

Here are some of the notable changes, courtesy of MondoMega:

Netflix has just announced that a new 3D animated series based on Sonic the Hedgehog. SEGA, WildBrain, and Man of Action are involved.

Not much is known about the upcoming series aside from a 2022 release date. Netflix also shared the teaser image above.

Sonic will also be back on the big screen in 2022. As previously announced, a sequel based on this year’s movie is on the way.