Sonic the Hedgehog fans were disheartened last week when Roger Craig Smith announced his departure from voicing the famous video game mascot .
For 10 years, Smith voiced the character in several video games and animated series', bringing a unique charm that struck a chord with fans.
Despite the sad news, Netflix dropped a big announcement today that is sure to uplift many Sonic fans.
NETFLIX AND SONIC FORM NEW COLLABORATION
In a tweet , Netflix announced that an animated Sonic the Hedgehog series will premiere on the streaming platform in 2022. The series is called Sonic Prime , and it will feature 3D animation. No other information about the show has been announced. The tweet reads:
“Yes, it's true! SEGA’s legendary video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog will star in a new 3D animated series from @SEGA, @WildBrainStudio and @ManOfActionEnt premiering on Netflix in 2022."
Yes, it's true! SEGA’s legendary video game icon Sonic the Hedgehog will star in a new 3D animated series from @SEGA, @WildBrainStudio and @ManOfActionEnt premiering on Netflix in 2022. pic.twitter.com/ydJto8c8i8
ANOTHER VIDEO GAME SERIES FOR NETFLIX
Sonic Prime represents the latest Sonic the Hedgehog animated series. The previous series, Sonic Boom , released on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Given the distribution method of Netflix’s television programs, it’s likely that the first season Sonic Prime will be released all at once rather than on a week-by-week basis.
This news comes days after Roger Craig Smith announced his departure from voicing the legendary hedgehog . It seems that Smith signaled his exit before Sonic Prime ’s announcement to quell any speculation that he will return to voice the character.
Sonic Prime is the latest Netflix animated series based on a video game property. Just last week, the streaming giant ordered a Tomb Raider anime based on Square Enix’s reboot trilogy . Other Netflix series based on video games include Castlevania and The Witcher , though the latter is a live-action series.
It seems that Netflix is poised to continue building its television offerings for fans of video games.