During the first lockdowns occurred in March due to the Coronavirus, the founder of Valve and Steam Gabe Newell got stuck in New Zealand together with some colleagues after the borders closed. To thank the country for its hospitality, the billionaire will start a special space program: will launch a gnome into space.

This titanium model created by Wesa Workshop through the technique of 3D printing, inspired by the gnomes featured in Half-Life 2, will be launched in the next few days by the company Rocket lab and will have a dedicated livestream event. Additionally, Newell has specified that he will donate 1 dollar to the Pediatric Unit at Starship Children Hospital in Auckland for each spectator connected during the event.

In short, it is now clear: a piece of Half-Life's lore will reach space prior to the announcement of Half-Life 3.