The Voice of Sonic the Hedgehog Retires

I’m not sure if this will be front page news everywhere. But today marks the retirement of Sonic the Hedgehog’s voice. Or more specifically, that of the actor behind the voice. He’s been talking the talk for over ten years, but is now making a run for it – probably smoking at the heels like his alter ego.

Sonic would be proud.

In truth, though, I would expect it was a tough decision to leave. Especially given the kind words both parties have published online. Roger Craig Smith himself played up to the gaming world by saying he was on to new zones whilst the official Hedgehog Twitter feed expressed their gratitude. It read:

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.

There’s still no news as to when or who will step into those famous red sneakers. Not that there’s a rush, as such. Whether the next guy will make a smooth transition is another thing, too. But I’m sure the voice won’t be broken, come the passing of the torch.

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