There have been several dramatic changes to the regular Sonic franchise voice cast lately. With Roger Craig Smith (Sonic) and Cindy Robinson (Amy Rose) departing from their respective characters, along with the news that Colleen O’Shaughnessey would not reprise her role as Tails in the upcoming animated series Sonic Prime, many fans have assumed this could be down to a big overhaul from Sega ahead of Sonic’s 30th anniversary this year.

As it turns out, Roger Craig Smith recently confirmed to Voices From Krypton that retiring from voicing the Blue Blur was his own call. From Part 1 of “Roger Craig Smith: Voice of Sonic the Hedgehog, Batman, Captain America and More” around the 26:22 mark:

 

“You know, after a while, you do things and start going, ‘I think I’m very pleased and I’m very proud and I’m very happy with what has happened there,’ and I think it’s time to say, ‘I don’t want to keep doing this,’” Smith says. “Some people would be like, ‘why?’ and it’s like, ‘it doesn’t have to make sense to you.’ It’s perfectly good sense to me and it was the right thing to do, and I’m happy to have done it.”

 

Fans of the former Sonic cast will at least still have Mike Pollock returning to voice Dr. Eggman in future Sonic titles. Ben Schwartz, who voices Sonic in the new movie franchise, heaped plenty of praise for Roger Craig Smith in a recent interview while also confirming that he has not yet been offered to replace him in the game series.

 

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A lifelong Nintendo fan and a longtime editor at Zelda Universe, Reece will forever be grateful that he somehow dodged the Naughty List of Christmas 1998, when Santa delivered the life-changing gift of a Nintendo 64 with Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, and Mario Kart 64. When he's not playing games, Reece is usually reading Punisher comics, delving helplessly into the weirdest depths of anime and manga, or spending time with his cocker spaniel Gracie -- the goodest girl ever!

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