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Roger Craig Smith is no longer voicing Sonic the Hedgehog


Roger Craig Smith is Sonic no more (pic: Twitter)

After a decade in the job, Roger Craig Smith has ended his run as the voice of Sonic, but it’s not clear if he jumped or was pushed.

There are an awful lot of big anniversaries happening this year, from the 40th anniversary of Mario to the 25th of Resident Evil and Tomb Raider. For some of these series the same voice actor has been associated with the main character for the majority of their run and while Roger Craig Smith hasn’t been around for quite that long for many fans he is Sonic the Hedgehog.

He’s been voicing the character for over 10 years but a tweet today seems to indicate that it’s all over, as he acknowledges it’s been ‘an amazing run’.

‘Much love to the fans who’ve been so kind, it’s been an honour. Onward to new zones!’, he wrote, before ending his tweet with a broken blue heart.

Many fans have already taken the heart to mean that the exit was not of Smith’s choosing, although he’s not confirmed that and so far Sega has been silent on the issue.

Smith isn’t exactly going to be out of work, as he already has a high successful voice-acting career that last year alone included everyone from Jones in Fortnite to Daigo Dojima in Yakuza: Like A Dragon. He’s also been Batman in several games and animated shows, Chris Redfield in Resident Evil, and Ezio from Assassin’s Creed.

He does seem to have had a special love for Sonic the Hedgehog though and has voiced him in various cartoons and movies, including the Wreck-it-Ralph films but not the Sonic The Hedgehog movie.

There’s already speculation that Smith has left the role because Sega are planning a reboot of some kind for the series.

It’s the 30th anniversary of the franchise this year and while Sega has hinted that a new game is in development for several years now they still haven’t revealed what it is or when it’ll be out.

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