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Series Developer Shift
One or more entries in a franchise are produced by a different company or creator from the original.
(permanent link) added: 2012-04-30 16:08:20 sponsor: love1993 (last reply: 2012-06-27 11:40:24)

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When the development company of a popular franchise hands over production to another company, that is when this trope goes into effect. This could happen for numerous reasons. Maybe the original company is being shut down, giving up the franchise or wants to give the series a different feel. Or maybe another creator wants to continue a franchise after the original author has ended the series.

The shift doesn't have to be permanent, however. As long as the original company or creator is still alive and kicking, the franchise can always go back to being developed by the former company.

Needless to say, the reception of this type of development can vary a lot, depending on the quality of the company in charge. The company could wind up improving or destroying the franchise.


Comic Book

  • The Friday the 13th film series was produced & distributed by Paramount, then bought by New Line Cinema so they could have the crossover Freddy vs. Jason with New Line's Nightmare on Elm Street killer.
  • Disney feature-length animated films were usually created by Disney Animation Studios. Their sequels, however, were mostly made by Disney Toon Studios. The only exceptions to this are The Rescuers Down Under, Fantasia 2000, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
  • The The Chronicles of Narnia movie series were originally made by Walt Disney Pictures, but after the first two, it shifted to 20th Century Fox, as they could not agree on a date to release The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
  • The James Bond films Never Say Never Again and Casino Royale (1967) were made by companies other than Eon Productions, which made all other James Bond films. Royale's film rights were held by a different company than the rest of the Bond series, and due to a lawsuit over Thunderball Kevin McClory was given rights to make any film he wanted based on that book. Both are considered non-canon.
  • Nearly all of Don Bluth's films have had sequels and spin-offs made by other studios without his input. The sole exceptions have been the Anastasia spin-off Bartok the Magnificent and the recent Dragon's Lair and Space Ace comic books.

Video Game
  • The first four Silent Hill games were made by Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo. Later games, however, were developed by American companies.
  • Dead Rising was developed directly by Capcom. The second game and its side titles were developed by Blue Castle Games under Capcom's supervision.
  • The Donkey Kong Country series was made by Rare, until it was sold to Microsoft. Later games were made by Nintendo using Donkey Kong Country characters, and it wasn't until 2010 that an official sequel was created by Retro Studios, under the title Donkey Kong Country Returns.
  • Speaking of Retro, they developed the Metroid Prime series. Metroid was originally developed by Nintendo.
  • A few of the Legend of Zelda games were developed by Capcom, including Oracle Of Seasons, Oracle Of Ages, and Minish Cap.
  • The infamous Legend Of Zelda CDI Games and Hotel Mario were developed by Phillips.
  • The fourth Sly Cooper game is being developed by Sanzaru Games.
  • The first three Spyro the Dragon games were created by Insomniac. Later games had numerous shifts to different companies with varied reception.
  • Same goes for Crash Bandicoot. They were at first produced by Naughty Dog but the series has since moved on to different development companies.
  • Crackdown shifted with the sequel.
  • Valve's Half-Life expansion, Opposing Force, was developed by Gearbox Software, and introduced aliens that were new to the Half-Life universe - and then never seen again.
  • The original Neverwinter Nights was developed by Bioware, the sequel was made by Obsidian.
  • The Fallout series was first developed by Interplay Entertainment. The sequel was made by Black Isle Studios and the third game was made by Bethesda.
  • While the main series of Pokemon are created by Game Freak, most of its spinoffs are not.
    • The Pokemon Mystery Dungeon games are made by Chunsoft, the creators of Dragon Quest
    • Pokemon Pinball was made by a company called Jupiter, notorious for making Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories
    • Pokemon Rumble was created by Ambrella.
    • The Pokemon Ranger and Pokemon Snap games are created by HAL.

Western Animation
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