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I just got a hold of Dark Souls but I have never played Demon's Souls before. I know the games are related and was just wondering to what degree in terms of storyline, characters, etc.

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To add on to the answer provided, the games don't even take place in the same universe. –  Wipqozn Oct 11 '11 at 16:39

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According to the developers, Dark Souls is not a direct sequel of Demon's Souls but a spiritual successor. So the story are not related even though the mechanics are really close, and the game are made by the same director and producer.

From an interview of the game director Hidetaka:

"What we we want to clear up is this is actually not a sequel to Demon's Souls - we're treating this as a brand new game created by the same director and producer," Miyazaki-san told CVG in an interview.

"Again it is created by the same director and producer, so the base concept and themes are very similar. However, the story itself as well as a lot of the game features have been recreated so that we can present this as a brand new title."

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Awesome answer cheers :) –  Craig Pilgrim Oct 12 '11 at 8:08

In Demon Souls, a guy named Sage Freke the Visionary tells about dark souls, people who have been corrupted by the power of demon souls.

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This doesn't really make a complete answer to the question. Fragments of answers are not very useful :) –  badp Apr 13 '12 at 15:34

Although both games do not belong to the same universe, they share at least a common character (Patches).

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