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Promotional artwork for Half-Life 2 that was also featured in Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar shows that Alyx was to wield a unique melee weapon in the form of a socket wrench. The intention was to give her an iconic weapon in the same vein of the crowbar used by Gordon. This would have been in line with her character being more of a tinkering mechanic. The team ultimately did not follow through with this idea past this artwork. However, she did receive the unique "Alyx's Gun" weapon in the end.
In the final game, Alyx's model still possesses sockets attached to her belt, as originally seen in the initial artwork.
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- Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar
- Tweet: "There was a desire to give her an iconic weapon like Gordon's crowbar, and so the socket wrench was aimed towards that. We never followed through on making it a thing for her in the game though, so it was born and died here in this image." @dhabiheng on Twitter (March 9, 2020)