Trademark filings from video game publishers often offer a glimpse into the future, and we have some intriguing tidbits to peruse today, via Gematsu. Sega has gotten a trademark for “Sonic Frontiers” in both English and Japanese in Japan, and it has also gotten some expected trademarks for its new Shining Force mobile game. Meanwhile, Square Enix has trademarked “The Diofield Chronicle” and “The Beasts of Burden,” with the latter also being trademarked in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia. And in the US, Bandai Namco has trademarked “Origination,” “Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival,” and “Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master,” so it sure sounds like more Taiko games are on the way, at the least.
The “Sonic Frontiers” trademark from Sega may be the title of the new Sonic the Hedgehog game launching in 2022, which till now had been referred to as Sonic Rangers in reports and leaks. Leaks suggested that the game would be an open-world title inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, with puzzles, experience to accumulate, and even skill trees to develop. Whether an open-world experience is the right fit for Sonic the Hedgehog in 2022 remains to be seen (presuming the leaks are even accurate), but if Sonic Rangers has become Sonic Frontiers, that sounds like a good name for an open-world game.
Of course, “Sonic Frontiers” could always be in reference to something else unannounced as well.