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After nearly 25 years, Sega of America has announced that it is ending its publishing contract with Archie Comics, bringing an end to one of the longest continuous series ever.

With 290 issues, Sonic the Hedgehog comics is recognised by Guinness World Records as the longest running comic series based on a video game.

First launched in 1992, the cancellation of the series may not come as a surprise for many longtime fans as rumours of cancellation has started since earlier this year when Archie Comics removed Sonic’s comic book line from its list of subscriptions.

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Although Sega has concluded their partnership with Archie, the company confirmed the Sonic the Hedgehog comic book will continue in a “different direction”.

Sega’s full statement reads:-

“After 24 years of memorable storytelling, SEGA of America will conclude their Sonic the Hedgehog publishing partnership program with Archie Comics. This does not mark the end of Sonic in comics, but signifies SEGA of America’s decision to take a different direction for the series that will be announced at a later date. SEGA would like to thank Sonic’s amazing fans for their loyalty and passion over all the years. SEGA looks forward to providing more information soon.”

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The good news is that Sega is hinting Sonic and friends will find a new home at a different publisher with new stories and adventures, but sadly, the stories that fan come to love and familiar with might never see its ending.