After 10 years, Roger Craig Smith will no longer be the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog. This was announced by Smith himself on Twitter, with an image of a broken blue heart. In his statement, he said ”Welp, 10 years was an amazing run. Onward to new zones! Much love to the fans who’ve been so kind. It’s been an honor.” Smith started his journey with the blue blur in 2010, providing voice work for the character at Alton Towers Resort in the U.K.
Welp, 10 years was an amazing run.
Onward to new zones!
Much love to the fans who've been so kind.?
It's been an honor.
— Roger Craig Smith (@RogerCraigSmith) January 28, 2021
Roger Craig Smith made his Sonic video game debut with Sonic Colors and has voiced the character in nearly every major Sonic product. The only time he didn’t voice the character was in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, with actor Ben Schwartz portraying Sonic instead. It will be a shame to see Smith go, as he did a fantastic job at the role. He brought a sense of cockiness to the character, which fits the attitude that Sonic has been rocking since his inception.
You also may recognize Smith from his stint as Chris Redfield in Resident Evil (2009-2015) and Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the Assassin’s Creed series (2009-2011). Fans of the Sonic series, myself included, will definitely miss Roger Craig Smith’s iconic voice, and it will be interesting to see who Sega hires as a replacement.