Sony Computer Entertainment filed for the registration of two trademarks for the acronym LBP in the UK, indicating that something may be moving behind the scene of the LittleBigPlanet franchise, especially considering that we don’t know what Media Molecule is working on after Tearaway.
Both trademarks have been published for opposition at the end of October and the opposition period ended very recently, on December the 27th, so the registration should be finalized soon. You can see two screencaps below.
While the first could match the already announced LittleBigPlanet Hub for PS3 due to the description as a “game service provided as means of the internet,” the name is different, and it’s not very common for an acronym to be registered like that.
The second trademark is more interesting, as it has a double class. The first is “computer game software,” and the second definitely doesn’t fit LittleBigPlanet Hub, as it describes physical goods, including bags for handheld devices.
Lately there has been a trend of using acronyms as titles for games, especially for reboots or spin-offs of a franchise. It’s very possible that this “LBP” could be a new Vita game coming with a bundle (which could include a branded case), or even a multi-console game across Sony’s different platforms, hence the multiple trademarks.
Of course no announcement has been made by Sony, and as always with trademarks we should take this with a grain of salt until the publisher gives word.