International Friends Around the World is a spin-off series of Stories From Sodor.
This spin-off takes place during the fifth season of Stories From Sodor:Future.
The spin-off was created to replace the Sudrian Friends Around the World miniseries that was originally to be released following the fourth season of Stories From Sodor:Future. It was developed to profile the international characters, in a similar fashion to the International Friends Near and Far and Friends Around the World miniseries. It was developed to delve more extensively into some of the characters who did not make many appearances in the aforementioned miniseries, such as Petrus and Nichola, as well as characters such as Cassie, who had not made an appearance since the fifth season of Stories From Sodor. The spin-off also introduced new characters such as Kenji and Jade.