An artist is going where no artist has gone before—creating a 3D version of the USS Enterprise in the Unreal Game Engine. Called the Enterprise-D Construction Project, this virtual tour of the Enterprise plans to be the most realistic and seamless tour of the Galaxy-class ship.
Once completed, the project will be ready for Oculus Rift where users can explore every nook and cranny of the Enterprise, far beyond what any of us experienced watching ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’
Here is an excerpt about the project.
Main Project Goal:
To create the entirety of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D in the Unreal Game Engine. The Enterprise would serve first and foremost as a virtual museum. Every deck and room can be explored. Fans would be able to visit engineering via the turbolift, or walk from Deck 36 to Deck 5 to see the Arboretum. What does Worf’s quarters look like? What about the large forward windows on Deck 3? What kind of communal areas exist on the ship? Malls? Markets? Gardens? All these questions will be answered.
Below is a virtual tour of the Enterprise-D, which gives you an idea of what to expect once the project is complete. At this point, the starship is empty. (It’s actually kind of reminiscent of “Remember Me” when Dr. Crusher finds herself all alone in the Enterprise.) However, the Enterprise-D Construction Project assures us that eventually the halls will populate with the Starfleet crew and their families.
Take a look!