Roger Craig Smith had posted on Twitter that he would be leaving the role of voicing Sonic. Hours later, the official Sonic the Hedgehog Twitter posted a tweet that confirms the departing of the Sonic voice actor.
Starting with Sonic Colors, released in 2010, Roger Craig Smith provided the voice of Sonic in video games. Prior to that, however, he also voiced Sonic in the Alton Towers resort in the UK, which included a Sonic-themed room. Roger Craig Smith would greet patrons as Sonic when the entry door to the room opened.
Since then, and for the rest of the decade, he had voiced the iconic hedgehog, including in crossover video games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Initially, his performance as Sonic received mixed reception from fans, with criticism for his voice being “too deep” for Sonic. It was also falsely rumoured that he was offered the role of Sonic the Hedgehog, when in fact, he auditioned for it like everyone else.
Over time, however, fan opinions on Smith’s portrayal of Sonic improved, most notably due to his performance as Sonic after Project 24 SegaSonic: Radio, a 24-hour chatroom hosted by fans. Roger Craig Smith was a special guest on the Talk It Up! section of the radio block.
Having voiced Sonic for over 10 years, he is currently the longest running English Sonic voice actor. The previous record was Jason Griffith, who voiced the hedgehog for 7 years.
It is unknown if Roger Craig Smith willingly stepped down from the role or if he was replaced due to decisions made by Sega, but his legacy as a Sonic voice actor will be remembered by fans for a long time.
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