See the render improvements that Autodesk has done for 3ds Max.
Autodesk Flame - new version
Autodesk have unveiled the latest version of their Flame visual effects software, which now includes support for 4K.
Autodesk Discontinue Softimage
Autodesk have announced they are discontinuing their Softimage software line.
Terrain for 3ds Max
You can generate landscapes from real world elevation data with the Terrain plugin for 3ds Max.