Sega Trademarks Sonic: Lost World, Is a New Game Coming?

By Mike Andronico , Updated May 16, 2013 06:50 PM EDT

While Sega has been out of the console business since the death of the Dreamcast in 2001, their valiant mascot Sonic the Hedgehog has managed to maintain a healthy existence.

Despite a few wrong turns (2006's Sonic the Hedgehog), Sega's blue blazer has done fairly well on current-gen consoles, from the old-school Sonic 4 digital titles to the 2D-3D hybrid that makes up Sonic Generations. Sega doesn't seem to have any plans to slow Sonic down anytime soon, as they recently purchased trademarks and domans for what could be his next game.

According to Joystiq, Sega trademarked the title "Sonic: Lost Worlds" and purchased both and on May 13. 

There has been no previous mention of a "Lost World" Sonic game before, so what this new title is for is still very much up in the air. While Sega could easily be planning a brand-new installment in the Sonic franchise, the title "Lost World" could also suggest some sort of collection of older, more obscure games in the vein of Super Mario: The Lost Levels. There's also the possibilty of a tie in with Jurassic Park: Lost World, but... well, that simply won't ever happen.

Back in February, Sega celebrated "Hedgehog Day" in celebration of the 19-year anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog 3.

"We've got some great stuff coming up this year, but we're not ready to talk about it just yet," read a post on Sega's official blog in honor of "Hedgehog Day."

Sonic has been a busy hero as of late, starring in his own Archie comics series while finding the time to team up with Mario in Nintendo's Olympic-inspired titles. Is it finally time for Sonic to get back to running circles around his enemies in his own game? While nothing official has been announced surrounding "Lost World," this new development will likely be cleared up come E3.

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