As you know, while IF global has HD satellite imagery for the entire world now, the topography of the globe (hills, valleys, mountains) above the latitude of 60 degrees North and below 60 degrees south of the equator is completely flat because the data is not available to the dev team. This means we experience for example places like Norway as a surface flat like the ocean which is unfortunate since the country has beautiful fjords that pilots could explore. It also means the natural wonders of places like Iceland cannot be completely replicated in 3D. How to solve this?
My proposal probably requires tremendous effort (maybe beyond reason), but I wanted to throw the idea out there. Sites like google earth and google map (and even traditional maps) provide data for the existence of different hills and mountains and surface levels in regions all over the globe.
I think it would be awesome and unbelievable if IF is able to use this data, to essentially completely render the missing topography from scratch by constructing it on their own. In simpler terms, it would be great if IF could draw out the missing hills, mountains and valleys and render them in 3D in the sim with the help of different maps.
Let me know what you guys think! I think this is one way to overcome the problem of flat surfaces above 60 degrees north and 60 degrees south. Let’s make our dreams come true and bring the Norwegian fjords into the sim, somehow.