I agree. It is a pity. MSFS 2020 was a stunner mainly because for the first time in flightsim history the scenery looked rather like a film than like a computer game. Now after this patch the sim has lost exactly that quality, that’s at least my impression. To me it is no longer spectacular, because now it looks as computer generated as any other sim. Admittedly, it is more variable, since the terrain is based on satellite photos, but 3d-objects, especially trees and bushes, have completely lost their spectacular looks. E.g. my hometown, Berlin, does not look anywhere close to realistic after the patch. From 3000ft everything that is as remote as a mile and more from your position looks like X-Plane 10 autogen. Maybe they just do not want do update the trees in ten years, when forests are dying, so they have made forests already look pretty dead fom a distance.
This is Schoenefeld, south of Berlin. At the end of the runway there is a dense forest. After the patch there are just some “twigs” popping out of the landscape. Some of you might not notice the difference ingame due to screen size. On a 27" screen these “post-bushfire-forests” might not be striking. But I’m flying on a 55" screen in 4k. These crippled trees are huge there and they are really disturbing. And even with graphics maxed out, it does not look anywhere close to what it had looked before.
I hope they’re gonna fix that, now that we have seen what this sim is really capable of. It could look amazing and especially atmosphere and weather are incredible. I am optimistic that as soon as more users have more powerful machines the sim will be using the tremenduous potential it has already shown. This step back will not last forever.
Have a nice day y’all and I wish all of us a lot of patience.