Things have been a little bit hectic in the world of Sonic the Hedgehog, with multiple voice actors announcing their retirement from the series. This led fans to speculate about the voice actor of Dr. Eggman, Mike Pollock, who has been voicing the iconic antagonist since 2003. Over the weekend, Mike Pollock put minds at ease on Twitter, with an exciting announcement that he is going nowhere and remaining in the Eggman role.
On a personal note, I know you'll want to speculate about what happened, and possible casting choices, but please bear in mind that, IRL, actors' careers are steered by auditions, callbacks, bookings and rejections.
It's a bit more complicated than choosing sides for kickball.
— Mike Pollock (@itsamike) February 6, 2021
This news comes off the back end of a series of heart-breaking announcements from other Sonic VAs. Sonic’s voice actor for 10 years, Roger Craig Smith, was the first to announce that he was leaving Sonic behind. In the same Twitter thread, Amy’s voice actress Cindy Robinson stated, “It’s true. I’m loading out with my brilliant compadres,” when asked by various Sonic fans. Shortly after, Colleen O’Shaughnessey confirmed that she would no longer be portraying Tails in the upcoming Sonic Prime Netflix series.
No one truly knows what happened behind the scenes. It is likely that Sega is wanting to rebrand the franchise in preparation for the 30th anniversary. However, the Sonic cast included a team of extremely talented people, and it will be sad to see them go. Although this is unfortunate news, at least fans can look forward to Mike Pollock continuing to voice Dr. Eggman.