The “Enterprise 3D Project” is an ambitious work that means to build the Enterprise-D in virtual form, and we have an amazing clip to share.
Most fans have dreamed of walking the corridors of the Enterprise and experiencing what life is like aboard a starship. A fan and 3D artist named Jason is trying to make that dream come true by building a virtual facsimile, using the Unreal 4 game engine.
As I first started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation, I was enamored by the unique characters, sets, story lines, and lessons learned from each show. As the seasons progressed, I hungrily devoured them, wanting more. I wanted to be on that ship, experience its wonders. The Enterprise D was refined, unlike any scifi ship I had seen before. If only there was a way to bring it to life…
The Enterprise 3D Project aims to do just that. Place you on board the ship. Walk the corridors. Explore the unseen rooms and communal areas. Hear the engines. See the screens. Fly the shuttlecraft. Exist as a member of the crew.
The clip below shows his progress thus far as he builds the exterior of the ship and parts of the first four decks:
Because he’s using the Unreal 4 engine, the project will be compatible with the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift, which is due to be released in the first quarter of 2016.
Much more information regarding the goals for the project, galleries, the references he’s using, and a blog detailing the creation of the ship, can be found here.