Stage 9, the Virtual Enterprise-D tour in the Unreal Engine has been cancelled

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Published by Danny King 2 months ago , last updated 2 months ago

In some sad news for Star Trek: The Next Generation fans who were looking forward to Stage 9, the full re-creation of the USS Enterprise-D in the Unreal engine, the project has been cancelled due to a cease and desist order by CBS, the current owner of Star Trek's TV series IP.

The project was a fan lead re-creation of the USS Enterprise-D from the TNG series, which included some spectacular re-creations for the bridge, engineering and many other areas of the ship. The project was an entirely not-for-profit affair, and although it had not yet released, it had many amazing preview videos on their YouTube channel which we've been watching closely here at GameFront for a while now with some anticipation.

The game's official website and social channels had gone dark a short while ago, but with no explanation forthcoming until now. In a video released by the project's lead developer on his personal YouTube channel, it was explained that the project can no longer continue due to a C&D from CBS, and despite attempts by the team to try and negotiate with CBS for a better outcome, their pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

The developer explains in the video above that the project allegedly fell foul of CBS' new guidelines for 'fan films' and other such projects, which came under severe criticism when announced due to being seen as too harsh and restrictive. Star Trek's fandom has long been known for having a very open and active fan scene, with fan films, games, modifications and more being a staple of Trek fandom, something that has recently become more and more under threat by CBS' aggressive protection of their IP.

We hope that CBS will see sense with continued pressure from the team and fan community, although from what is explained in the video above, it does not look promising. Unfortunately this leaves this writer longing for another Star Trek fan game / mod that will never see the light of day...

What do you think of CBS' actions? Are they right to protect their IP, or is their aggressive perusal of fan projects alienating fans? Let us know below!

Comments on this Article
2 months ago by RadioactiveLobster

CBS doesn't give a shit about the fans. 

2 months ago by some_guy_andrew

I’m heartbroken about this. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to walk around and explore the Enterprise-D and I was almost able to! I hope this isn’t the end

2 months ago by Plokite_Wolf

#FuckCBS

2 months ago by JimmyB76

yeah this is such a bullshit thing to do on behalf of their part...

2 months ago by Blackrook32

Not surprised by this, considering the circumstances. I was a minor contributor to the project. But, this will not dampen my love for Trek modding, its just sad to see things take such a course.

2 months ago by Plokite_Wolf
Posted by Blackrook32

considering the circumstances

Hmmm?



2 months ago by Blackrook32
Posted by Plokite_Wolf
Posted by Blackrook32

considering the circumstances

Hmmm?




Now, this is just my opinion, and does not represent the Stage:9  team.

I think the quality of the freeware project out-shown what was being produced by the "professional" license holders. From the WIP I have seen & tested so far? The Trek gaming community and the fans were cheated, cheated out an unbelievable masterpiece!

This freeware project was direct competition, to what's being offered; at a price!?

IMO, Stage:9 moved two step above, what's currently available. It wasn't anything to do with VR; but the rapid speed, of the works in progress, showing the ability to explore the Defiant & Constitution classes, even DS9's Terak'Nor was on the table. Which only proves "the Fans knows what the fans want" in Trek gaming. It astonishes me that this is a foreign concept, to the cooperate pin-heads at CBS/Paramount?

The team is moving on, to pursue a non-Trek themed game. 

I'm looking forward to what will be attempted!   

2 months ago by Arron Dominion

CBS cracking down on this content, and shoveling out lesser products/projects in their place is only going to hurt Star Trek in the long run.  Hope they don't start to cease/desist on mod projects in non-trek games.

2 months ago by RadioactiveLobster


2 months ago by Stu047

CBS! Caretakers of the Star Trek franchise!!

You appear to be out of touch with what it is Star Trek fans want. You could have commissioned the creation of something like the Stage Nine project years ago and we the fans would have paid good money to own it... But you lacked either the foresight, the awareness or the inclination to make it happen. So when members of the creative talent that exists amongst the fan base (from all over the world!) stepped up and pursued the creation of something truly wonderful, rather than congratulate that team, praise them and offer your support, you flexed your corporate muscles, waved your rights of ownership in their faces and shut them down, immediately, unconditionally and absent any attempt at negotiation to meet in the middle. - 3 Years of highly motivated creativity... All gone!

The quality of work from this small group of HOBBYISTS was fantastic and you killed it... It's ironic that a corporation that applies so much effort, time, resources and money in the pursuit of creative endeavours should be singularly instrumental in the shutting down of one of the most unique creative projects of its time. You should have been looking into avenues that would have advanced their art, not destroy it!

It is my sincerest wish that you will re-evaluate your motives and reconsider your approach to handling this situation. Establish and sustain a dialogue with the team behind the Stage Nine project; green light the project's resurrection and support the team's efforts to realise the project's potential. Please!

2 months ago by Mikey

This really sucks.

2 months ago by Lindale

TNG is what taught me morality.

CBS seriously needs Sisko to punch them in the face, and then Picard lecturing them on honor and duty, because that is what they are not giving the fans.

For good measure, maybe have Q trolling CBS by playing mariachi music.

2 months ago by Plokite_Wolf
Posted by Lindale

For good measure, maybe have Q trolling CBS by playing mariachi music.

Q trolling them in general would be great on its own.

2 months ago by Mikey
Posted by Plokite_Wolf
Posted by Lindale

For good measure, maybe have Q trolling CBS by playing mariachi music.

Q trolling them in general would be great on its own.


Anything with Q in it is great.

2 months ago by Blackrook32