Roger Craig Smith is way from the primary voice actor to imagine the function of Sonic the Hedgehog, however he very effectively will be the most iconic. Certain, Jaleel White will all the time have a particular place within the hearts of ’90s youngsters and Ben Schwartz not too long ago assumed the function within the live-action theatrical movie, however ever since 2010’s Sonic Free Riders and Sonic Colours, Smith has delivered the enduring voice of the Blue Blur throughout myriad media. Now, the prolific voice actor has posted on social media that he’s stepping away from the function.
Smith has served because the voice actor of Sonic the Hedgehog in roles spanning not solely video video games, however tv and films as effectively. Along with voicing Sonic in video games like Sonic Forces, Lego Dimensions, Workforce Sonic Racing, Sonic Generations, and the Tremendous Smash Bros. collection, Smith has additionally carried out the function within the Sonic Growth animated collection, in addition to each Wreck-It Ralph movies. Exterior of the function of Sonic, Smith is finest identified for his work as Ezio within the Murderer’s Creed franchise, Chris Redfield within the Resident Evil collection, Captain America in numerous Marvel initiatives, and Batman in Batman: Arkham Origins.
“Welp, 10 years was a tremendous run,” Smith stated in a tweet this morning. “Onward to new zones! A lot like to the followers who’ve been so form. 💙 It has been an honor. 🦔”
The announcement comes throughout a 12 months that’s theorized to be a giant one for the Sonic the Hedgehog collection. 2021 serves because the 30th anniversary of Sega’s flagship franchise, and followers predict bulletins to have a good time the event. Historically, the Sonic franchise has made main bulletins or launched tentpole video games throughout its milestone anniversaries; Sonic Journey 2 hit Dreamcast through the collection’ 10th anniversary, Sonic the Hedgehog (2006) was meant to have a good time the collection’ 15th anniversary, and each Sonic Mania and Sonic Forces have been introduced throughout a 25th anniversary get together at San Diego Comedian-Con in 2016. Whereas we nonetheless do not know what (if something) Sega and Sonic Workforce have deliberate for Sonic’s 30th anniversary, having a fan favourite step away from the lead function is probably going not what most individuals had in thoughts as a option to kick issues off.
We’ve got reached out to Sega and Sonic Workforce for remark however we didn’t instantly obtain a response. We are going to replace this story if we obtain remark.
[Source: Roger Craig Smith on Twitter]