While it looks amazing they do have a slightly simpler task ahead of them there.Hello,
SC probably postponed for 10 years more if The Visionnaire is watching E3:
Using already existing maps and "bumping" the height of flat objects to make them 3d is giving us a damn nice visual from up on high, even low altitude flight will be pleaseant.
It's basically google maps with some refinement on the 3d part.
That said i have a feeling that if you would land anywhere close to some of those buildings and trees it would not look as pleasant.
Looks a damn sight better than older flight sims though - but why the hell they sell a SIM to Xbox is beyond my understanding.
Here's an example of close up graphics of the ground so they are cheating a bit.