It’s looking like we’re not done talking about departures from the world of Sonic just yet, although this one has been rumored for a while now. it’s also looking very likely that the next Sonic game is even going to have some new writers.
Ken Pontac and Warren Graff have been writing Sonic games since Sonic Colors, but remarks by Pontac in an interview with RebelTaxi make it sound like they’re done. In fact, although Pontac outright never says “we’re done”, he does say “we had a good run” around 48 minutes into the interview, and they had been talking about their memories with SEGA and Sonic at that point in the interview.
It’s not the first time this topic has surfaced either. Last year, fans discovered Pontac and Graff’s Linkedin pages no longer mention that they’re working for SEGA Of America. Pontac’s page says he finished in 2019, and Graff says he has been done since October of 2019.
So, what does this all mean? It’s hard to say. It obviously means there’s not going to be anymore “Baldy McNosehair” or “BBBE (Best Boss Beating Ever)” jokes, but the change in writing direction is going to depend on what SEGA wants, and what the writers they hire wish to do.
Regardless of what happens, the last couple of days have been pretty big for Sonic fans. Roger Craig Smith is done voicing Sonic, and now it’s all but certain that Pontac and Graff are done writing for Sonic. Whatever the next Sonic game is, it’s not going to be what we’ve become used to seeing from Sonic for the past decade.