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- Mostly the City Scanner with a different skin, it is the first known mechanical Scanner to have been scripted. The other differences with the City Scanner is that it throws deadly gas, has slightly different sounds and a tail shorter than that of the City Scanner. It is featured in the Half-Life 2 leak and can be found at the very start of the maps
d1_trainstation_01(where several are seen in various places) and
devtest(on the Borealis). Concept art also mentions it was to fire from small ergots on its two sides as a defense mechanism.
- The mechanical Scanner design was initially modeled after the shape and movement of a piranha.
- 11 sound files found in the Half-Life 2 leak files indicate that the mechanical Scanner was to talk directly to people via prerecorded messages. Spoken by a robotic female voice, they include sentences such as "Citizen, do not move", "You may proceed", "Hold still for scan", "Hands on your head" or "Violation has been noted".
- Other sounds found in the very Combot folder also indicate it was to charge itself, possibly at undefined Combine charging stations.
- Several Combots appear in the Half-Life 2 E3 2002 Trailer (set in the map
e3_terminal) as well as in the E3 2003 video "Kleiner's Lab" (set in the map
e3_lab), where two discover the lab, and a destroyed one is lying on a desk (replaced in the final game by a destroyed Manhack).
- Dog originally had a scrapped Combot for a head, which was changed to a City Scanner when the latter succeeded to the Combot.
- The name "Combot" is likely a portmanteau between the words "Combine" and "bot/robot".
Combots in the map
e3_terminal, as seen in the first Half-Life 2 trailer.