It’s the end of an era for Sonic fans who grew up hearing the voice of Roger Craig Smith behind the character, as the actor has announced via his own Twitter that he is stepping away from the role and playing SEGA’s fast running mascot.
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
Following his announcement, the official Sonic The Hedgehog Twitter account also acknowledged Craig’s departure and issued their own statement as well — thanking the actor for his performances in the pst decade.
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. Thank you, Roger, for all you’ve done for Sonic.
Voicing dozens of characters across several mediums, Craig Smith is also best known for providing the voices of Ezio Auditore in the Assassin Creed games;,Chris Redfield in the Resident Evil games, and Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins. He has voiced Sonic since 2010, and has continued on this role even in crossover games such as Super Smash Bros. and in the Wreck-It-Ralph films.
Speaking of Sonic, SEGA is celebrating the character’s 30th Anniversary this year, and has laid out plans and revealed a new logo to commemorate the occasion.