I thought it was stated in the Path to 2409 that the Enterprise E was under the command of Data and that it'd gone through a massive upgrade and overhaul and was on a deep space assignment far from the Federation which is why it hasn't been seen in game? So why are they designing the Enterprise F?
Data and crew when to check something out. They haven't been heard of since.
I wouldn't be surprised to actually come across them after the Enterprise F is in-game. It wouldn't be the first time two Enterprises met.
B4 (Data is dead) and crew were sent to a space station to investigate something. The only reason we assume they are missing is because Cryptic announced the "Build the Next Enterprise" contest. Otherwise, no other details are known.
Dont assume that just because its the F, that its being launched here and now in 2410.
It could be that the F launches in 2422 and at some point gets displaced back to 2410 for some hi-jinks with all of us.
The original premise of the contest was to be visited by another "future" Enterprise instead of the Enterprise J (by CBS' request) - and we only learned it was to be the "F" in the email we received from the marketing department a week or two ago.
So we don't know if the time-travel aspect has been scrapped or what. We'll have to wait for those answers.
They can't use the "E" yet because Paramount owns those rights, and they haven't licensed them to cryptic. So if we want and Enterprise, it's gonna have to be a new one. My guess it's probably just a new class of ship, that may later contain the enterprise in it's ranks.