Sega Confirms Sonic the Hedgehog Voice Actor Has Left Role
Sega confirmed that after 10 years, Roger Craig Smith would be departing the role of Sonic the Hedgehog.
Sega has confirmed that the voice actor for Sonic the Hedgehog, Roger Craig Smith, has left the role. Speculation began yesterday when Smith sent out a tweet saying, “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.” The tweet contained a hedgehog emoji and an image of a blue broken heart, but never outright said he’d left.
The suspicions were then later confirmed by Sega, however, who, from the official Sonic Twitter account, tweeted:
“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.”
As he alluded to in his Tweet, Smith had been voicing Sega mascot for 10 years. His first roles were Sonic Free Riders on the Xbox 360 and Sonic Colors that came to the Wii and DS. Since then, Smith has voiced the blue hedgehog in every game, including Sonic Forces and the Super Smash Bros series.
Roger Craig Smith is not only known for voicing the iconic hedgehog. The voice actor has had a major role in the Assasin’s Creed franchise, playing Ezio, alongside voicing Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins and Mirage in Apex Legends. He also played Daigo Dojima in the recently released Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Smith also had a number of roles in TV, film and anime.
The only time Roger Craig Smith hasn’t voiced Sonic recently is in the live-action movies. That role instead went to Ben Schwartz. Schwartz got the part for the 2020 flick and is set to reprise his role for the upcoming sequel.
As a side note, in Japanese, Junichi Kanemaru voices the gotta go fast hedgehog since Sonic Adventure in 1998.