After a run of 10 years, it appears Sonic the Hedgehog’s main voice actor in recent years is backing away from the role. Writing on Twitter, Roger Craig Smith teased as much without mentioning Sonic by name, but he included a hedgehog emoji in his message and a reference to venturing forward to “new zones.”
“Welp, 10 years was an amazing run,” he said. “Onward to new zones!” Much love to the fans who’ve been so kind. It’s been an honor.”
Sega’s Hardlight studio in the UK, which developed Sonic Dash and Sonic Racing, responded to Smith’s tweet, saying, “Thank you for everything” with a blue heart attached.
Thank you for everything 💙
— SEGA HARDlight (@SEGAHARDlight) January 28, 2021
It’s not clear why Smith is ending his run as Sonic, or if it was his decision to step away. We’ll report back with more details as they are made available.
One of the most popular and prolific voices in video games, Smith also voices Mirage in Apex Legends, Ezio from the Assassin’s Creed series, and Chris Redfield from Resident Evil. Another major role was Batman from Batman: Arkham Origins.
Smith did not voice Sonic in the 2020 movie, with Ben Schwartz taking on the role of the blue blur.
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