Decade-long Sonic The Hedgehog Voice Actor Roger Craig Smith Announces His Departure From The Role


Posted on January 31, 2021 by Nick Moreno

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As of the past couple of years, chatter continues to grow as fans inch closer to the promised 2021 release for the next Sonic the Hedgehog title. Team Sonic head Takashi Iizuka pressed in a 2019 interview that the next major installment is a couple years away. “The next big year for Sonic is 2021.” He adds, that’s the 30-year anniversary for Sonic.”

Fans later on in 2020 uncovered the investor advertiser which includes new content on all fronts for Sonic the Hedgehog. And alike what Iizuka mentioned, the 30th anniversary for Sega’s largest mascot will issue plenty of announcements when time is due. But, things look to be advancing as part of Sonic’s DNA is moving on to new horizons.

In that, Sonic the Hedgehog voice actor Roger Craig Smith on Twitter announced he will be hanging up his shoes for the beloved character. He shares that after ten years, Smith will now be “onward to new zones”.

Initially, plenty of fans were surprised by the abrupt reveal, but Sega latter pressed on the matters via the Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter account. “For over 10 years, Roger Craig Smith has been an integral part of the SEGA family. He brought the voice of Sonic to life, and we are forever grateful for his never-ending enthusiasm in helping the community and spreading joy.”

Continuing, “thank you, Roger, for all you’ve done for Sonic.” So, almost for certainty, Smith is likely not involved with a new Sonic the Hedgehog project underway. While Sega attempted to sweep it under the carpet, the internet acted fast in preserving the brief announcement for a new Sonic the Hedgehog series on Netflix. The production is said to hit the streaming service in 2022.

As for Smith’s other endeavors, he is also does voice over work for another notable role – Apex Legend’s Mirage. His most recognized attribution to the battle royale character is his live-action motion capture for the bamboozling holographic trickster during 2019’s The Game Awards. You can read the full report by heading here.

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