The project is the creation of a 3D artist called Jason B. It seems that he alone is responsible for creating the entire project to date using the Unreal Game Engine 4, resulting in the pretty awesome graphics you see in the video above. They usually are 360 degree panoramic, without actual movement or immersion. But each and every room will be accessible, and unique in some way. Due to the show’s limited television budget, the scope, detail, and variety of what the audience could see was restricted.
The Enterprise would serve first and foremost as a virtual museum. The site reveals that fans will be able to visit areas such as engineering via the turbolift, walk from Deck 36 to Deck 5 to visit the Arboretum, check out Worf’s quarters and look out the large forward windows on Deck 3. Jason is considering populating the ship, offering a chance to explore the outsides of other locations (such as Deep Space Nine) and even introducing game mechanics.
The folks at the Enterprise-D Construction Project are painstakingly recreating the massive spaceship found in the wildly popular Star Trek series. But if and when VR catches on, you can imagine the potential for professional, official versions of this kind of thing. I will seek CBS’ blessing to continue to create this.
So far, Jason has done much of the exterior detailing work on the Enterprise’s hull, along with interiors across several decks, but there’s plenty still to do. More information on the project can be found here.