Asphalt 8 Airborne (screenshot 006)

Mid-June, French games maker Gameloft released first screenshots depicting the upcoming eight installment in the Asphalt racing franchise, Asphalt 8: Airborne. The high-quality game is coming to iOS and Android later this summer, priced at just 99 cents.

Earlier this week, the prolific publisher posted a new teaser trailer, along with a dev diary video from earlier offering a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Asphalt 8, including interesting looking gameplay footage. I’ve included both videos for your viewing pleasure just after the break…

Here’s the new teaser.

The game utilizes a brand new physics engine.

Here’s the original teaser trailer, from last month.

The dev diary video offers more insight behind the creative process.

Asphalt 8: Airborne promises synchronous and asynchronous multiplayer, several game modes (Gate Drift, Infected and Takedown), eight brand new maps and a bunch of vehicles (including Lamborghini, Bugatti, Zonda, Ferrari and Mercedes), all spiced up with non-stop high-octane action.

Asphalt 8 Airborne (screenshot 005)

Asphalt 8 Airborne (screenshot 007)

According to Gameloft:

Asphalt 8 features 8 all new maps from the Nevada desert to the city streets of London, plus a bonus revamped Monaco track for our A7 fans. What I really love about these new tracks is the impact the environments have on each race.

Yes, there is snow. And dust. And rain! Hydroplane through the water-soaked streets of Tokyo after a heavy downpour or slip and slid across frozen tracks in Iceland. And each map features a host of alternate routes to explore and conquer.

According to an App Annie survey, Gameloft was the App Store’s top games publisher in June 2013 and second top publisher by monthly game downloads on Google’s Play store.

So, what do you think?

Is this going to be the best Asphalt game yet?