Canonized during Star Trek Picard’s Season 3, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-F began its journey into the final frontier over a decade ago, as Cryptic Studios’ and Star Trek Online's own manifestation of the Enterprise Legacy.
Derived from Adam Ihle’s winning submission to Cryptic’s “Design the Next Enterprise” competition, the Enterprise-F would see a long iteration and development process under the guidance of then STO Art Lead Jeremy Mattson and STO Starship Artist Adam Williams. Williams’ work on the Enterprise-F would prove a turning point in the design philosophy of Star Trek Online’s starships, embracing a sleek and organic future extrapolated from classic Star Trek ships like the U.S.S. Enterprise-E and the U.S.S. Voyager.
In 2022, Star Trek: Picard Production Designer Dave Blass reached out to me about adding the Enterprise F to the show. While it needed a lot of work, I jumped at the opportunity to finally canonize our flagship on an actual Star Trek television show.
In the weeks that followed, I totally rebuilt the Enterprise F to the highest detail level of any Star Trek Online starship. I iterated not just on the model but also on the design, adding more layering and functionality to a variety of key areas. I made a brand new material inspired by the original "Type 6" material that the Enterprise-F's first model pioneered, and also created a new style of windows and escape pods.
From there, I handed the ship off to the Picard VFX team, who worked their own magic on the model to fit the show's VFX pipeline and did another detail pass to make sure it would hold up on screen.
It cannot be overstated how much of an honor it was to contribute an Enterprise model to an actual Star Trek television show, and it was also wonderful to see how much Star Trek Online's player base celebrated the ship's debut on screen as well. While her time on screen was brief, she certainly burned brightly.