Well DUH, we freakin sure well BETTER be able to land on planets!!! That's like saying 'you will still be able to go into space.'
I think it was a fair statement. Modeling the whole planet in 3D was well and good back in the age of wireframes and untextured polygons, but I don't think any commercial releases have done the same thing in recent times. How many polygons does a planet need to make it look flat up close? Is each planet still going to consist of a few dozen bases, max? I think saying that we can land on planets sounds fairly impressive, and would like to see how they put it together.