Memory replacement

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| designer=Dhabih Eng (concept art for the device)''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
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{{Quote|Reminder Memory replacement is the first step toward rank privileges.|Overwatch Voice|Half-Life 2|FileRemindermemoryreplacement ovoice.ogg}}

'''Memory replacement''' is a psycho-engineering process used by the Combine as part of the transhuman operation, transforming humans into Overwatch Soldiers and Overwatch Elites.

==Overview==

As stated by an Overwatch Voice radio transmission to Civil Protection officers, memory replacement is mandatory to access higher rank privileges, i.e. to go from a Metro Cop with an unaltered nervous system to an Overwatch soldier. This method, essentially brainwashing, turns a normal human into a pawn with complete loyalty to the Combine, replacing most if not all the memory of his former self.

The process is achieved through a device in which the soldier is placed, while only wearing his fatigues and boots. While the body is retrained to an arm-like device, the legs hanging below, the head is enveloped by a shell-like apparatus. The device is first seen in the Citadel during the ''Half-Life 2 Episode One'' chapter ''Direct Intervention'', where eight devices are attached to a wall in an inaccessible area.

While the stripped Overwatch Soldier first appears on a monitor in Nova Prospekt's cell block B4 in ''Half-Life 2'', on an operating table, it is unknown if memory replacement was also performed at Nova Prospekt.

==Behind the scenes==

While the memory replacement device was first introduced in-game in ''Half-Life 2 Episode One'', it was originally designed to appear in ''Half-Life 2'', at Nova Prospekt. 

==Gallery==

FileSoldier memory replacement.jpg|Concept art.
FileSoldier bed.jpg|Device model.
FileStripped combine soldier.jpg|Stripped Overwatch Soldier model introduced in ''Half-Life 2'' and reused for the ''Episode One'' device model.
FileNaked overwatch citadel ep1.jpg|Devices in the Citadel.
FileMemory replacement Citadel2.jpg|Ditto.


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''

==References==
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