I suspect CCP will have to decide to either keep supporting Encarna with each major graphics update, actually expand it, or just cut it loose, in the not too distant future.
Encarna is interesting, but I think it was a mistake to do it in stations, they should have done it in the ships, with a custom Captain’s quarters for each major class of ship, and it should have been based upon tele-presence, not actual presence.
It should have been based upon the same idea as controlling ships, except you are controlling humanoid drones, or other types, such as tracked drones, flying drones, swimming drones, Mechs, and etc.
The idea being that you are plugged into your ship, and can transfer your presence to deployed drones from that ship to control them in new environments, and immediately transfer back your ship if needed, and reconnect to the deployed drone later on, if it is still there.
Your “Captain’s Quarters” drone, or observation deck drone would just be a hi-tech humanoid drone within your ship. That would have solved a lot of game-play issues many had come up with.