With the release of Team Sonic Racing, the Sonic voice cast appears to have gotten its first major shakeup since 2010. Six characters have been recast with new voice actors, including Zavok, Omega, Blaze, Omachao, Silver, and most notably, Knuckles.
SEGA never made a formal announcement regarding the recasting, and it is only known now thanks to early copies of Team Sonic Racing popping up in the wild (or in the hands of reviewers). Ryan Bloom of TSSZ posted a screenshot of the credits, confirming the change in voice actors:
TSSZ was later able to confirm the following casting changes:
Silver, who had been voiced by Quintin Flynn, is now voiced by Bryce Papenbrook. E-123 Omega, who had been voiced by Vic Mignogna, is now voiced by Aaron LaPlante. Omachao and Blaze, both of whom had been voiced by Laura Bailey, are now both played by Erica Lindbeck. Finally, Travis Willingham, who was the voice of both Knuckles and Zavok, will be replaced by Dave Mitchell and Patrick Seitz respectively. Seitz has done work in the Sonic franchise before, voicing both Sonic Boom’s Lyric and Sonic Lost World’s Zomon.
It’s not exactly known what led to this recasting. It is notable that Vic Mignogna has been the subject of much controversy in recent months, with his alleged behavior around women and girls spawning a “Kick Vic” campaign on social media. This campaign caused one of his major employers, Funimation, to investigate the accusations, which soon led to them parting ways with him. Whether this had anything to do with Omega’s recasting is pure speculation, however.
It has been speculated that Travis Willingham and Laura Bailey’s departures are temporary, as they had a baby last year.
Whether these replacements are temporary or permanent, we will hopefully know more soon. In the mean time, you’ll have an opportunity to get used to the new voice cast when Team Sonic Racing releases on Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC next week. Stay tuned to The Sonic Stadium from more coverage!