Hi everyone, I know there is a specific "whats the name of...." thread, but I've got a potentially harder request because what I'm trying to find aren't retro, unless you count the past 10 years enough time to go retro. Hell, I'm not even sure if these games even ever launched. There are two games I recall seeing in previews that I thought looked intriguing, but never really heard much of after that.
The first was a game set in a industrial-era, London-like town (may actually be London). It had an isometric, hand-drawn style to it, I think it was black and white, or at least very muted colors. The premise, if I recall correctly, was a bit like Majora's Mask or Pathalogic: all the people in the town were simulated to go about their business, and you could affect them with your actions, changing their stories, and cascading into other characters stories. If I recall correctly, your character looks a bit like a cartoony Sigmund Fraud. It was definitely an indie game. I think it was set to release withing the past three years or so. It's not super old, I know that much.
The second one I have almost no info one other than the premise. I remember reading about it on Rock, Paper, Shotgun maybe 5-7 years ago, maybe even longer. It was a game where you are an old dwarf that lost his ax, and you are trying to track it down. I think the article mentioned it had an almost detective noir vibe, but something I definitely remember was that your character is a full blown fantasy racist. Hate humans, hate elves, hate gnomes, etc, and I believe depending on how you play, the character can change, learn tolerance or double down on racial phobias. I can't find anything on it, even the original article is drown in a billion Dwarf Fortress posts on RPS.
It's totally possible these are vaporware, but even so, if anyone recalls anything about them, especially their names, I've be eternally grateful as they have been in the back of my mind for ages.