Asphalt 8 (iPad screenshot 001)

Is it the speed? The acceleration and pure velocity? Nah, it’s got to be going Airborne, says the clever blurb for Gameloft’s highly-anticipated eighth installment in the Asphalt mobile racing franchise. We previewed the game back in June and although it got delayed a bit as the team needed more time to perfect the little things, it’s out now and available now for your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad for just 99 cents a pop. I’ve included action-packed screenies, additional info and a launch trailer so jump past the fold for more awesomeness…

Asphalt 8: Airborne invites you to leave gravity in the dust:

The best iOS arcade racing game series reaches a new turning point! Perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts in an intense driving experience powered by a brand-new physics engine!

Getting airborne entails hitting the ramps and performing barrel rolls and wild 360-degree jumps. The fact that you can maneuver through the air while pulling off stunts adds a dash of Fast and Furious craziness to the game, I guess.

Airborne features 47 high-performance luxury dream cars, with 80 percent new to the series, from top licensed manufacturers and models such as the Lamborghini Veneno, Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari FXX and Pagani Zonda R.

The team went all out to make this Asphalt edition the funniest and most engaging racing game on iOS so they recorded all motor sounds from scratch, and in high-fidelity.

Here’s the launch trailer.

The racing action takes place across nine different exotic locations like Venice, French Guiana, Iceland, the Nevada Desert and more. The tracks feature hidden shortcuts and can be played in original and mirror variations in Career mode for some added variety.

This is arguably the prettiest racing game on iOS. If you own one of the latest iOS devices such as an iPhone 5 or iPad 4, you’ll be treated to stunning visuals, courtesy of Gameloft’s next-gen shaders, real-time geometry reflection and other special effects.

Check out the screenies.

Asphalt 8 Airborne (screenshot 005)

Asphalt 8 Airborne (screenshot 007)

Asphalt 8 (screenshot 002)

Asphalt 8 (teaser)

All told, Asphalt 8 includes eight seasons and 180 events in the Career mode, a detailed damage system and all-new Infected and Drift Gate modes.

As for multiplayer, you can race against up to eight opponents simultaneously, challenge friends to asynchronous or ghost races, compare you score against others on the global leaderboards and so forth.

Also, this Gamescon trailer is worth watching.

The soundtrack, you ask? Asphalt 8 features mixes of licensed music, including tracks from Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method.

Asphalt 8: Airborne is available for 99 cents from Apple’s App Store.

The 884MB download is compatible with the iPhone 4/4S/5, fourth-generation iPod touch and up, iPad 2/3/4 and iPad mini.

The game requires iOS 5.0 or later and is optimized for the iPhone 5’s taller screen.

In related news, Gameloft announced its blockbuster games will be hitting Microsoft’s Windows 8 and Windows Phone platform, beginning with this Fall’s releases of Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dungeon Hunter 4.

More triple-As will follow before year’s end, including Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Total Conquest, Six Guns and UNO & Friends, followed by an impressive lineup of the latest Gameloft titles in 2014, all supporting features like cross-platform play between Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices.

  • Manan Patel

    hoping it’ll be free as app of the week tomorrow

    • Piyush

      What ?? , how can you even say like that ,appstore needs high quality games like this not freemium crap they deserve every cent of this game.Because of waiting for to be it free game we might lose future high quality games developing due to low profit.

      • Dan

        I get the game is riddled with in app purchases though…

      • Piyush

        at least it doesn’t have timer like rr3.

      • Damian W

        but they are simply optional, for people who are too lazy to play the game.

      • Dan

        oh yeah? good then, I might try it, I just hate games that make it so that you can’t get ahead without purchases

      • Joseph

        Asphalt 7 has never spammed you to make in-app purchases, and the option is sort of tucked away. I’d imagine Asphalt 8 is the same, I’ll be downloading it for Android tomorrow.

        In fact, the one annoying thing that Asphalt 7 was riddled with was it asking you to sign into Facebook if you didn’t to post about getting more stars after each race. It’s easy to dismiss, but I instinctively press the button on the right side of the screen to continue, and they take advantage of that.

      • Dan

        yeah I think Dungeon Hunter 4 has left a bad taste in my mouth, but I’ll give this game a try!

  • Saria Hajjar

    how about you make it free?

    • Maxim∑

      How about you work on developing a game for 6 months and then make it free. Is 99 cents really going to kill you?

      • mehrab

        They are indians, they want everything to be free its amsuing how both of them are indians :p no racism no hate just joking

      • rasengan720 .

        You have to understand.. what’s 99 cents is 55 rupees in india.. And now that dollar value has increased it’s gonna cost more.. Another is people at india believe that using credit card or debit card is risky online(although that is changing now) and finally we don’t pay for stuff when there’s a way to get it for free.. 😛

      • ✘✘Aineel Nocum

        so you stole your iDevice? kidding 😀

      • rasengan720 .

        you will be shocked if i told you…. but dont worry i didnt steal

      • rasengan720 .

        and since you think stealing is a way of getting it free let me correct my self we never pay for something unless the object can only be obtained by stealing then at that case we will either actually pay for it or not buy it at all 😛

      • Damian W

        in oder words…you are very cheap and taking advantage of others hard work, which could be considered stealing. So we could add you are a thief too.

        But seriously, don’t buy apple devices if you can’t afford 99 cent game. Go for Android that will be 200 bucks cheaper so this way you still gonna have 200 in your pocket to buy apps.

      • rasengan720 .

        i’m sorry if i offended you but this how the society is here ok? it cant be changed its like that for decades and it will always be the same.. and dont blame me or the other indians its how we are brought up its how we are made to think like.. i’m sorry to say this but this is just how it is…
        PS: i’m not trying to start anything here so please dont think like i am either its jus my opinion and its jus a comment..

      • Yajur

        Shut up..dont u be saying anything about us indians..even im an indian but dude..i dont think paying 55 will kill you..and the valsue of games does not change even if the value of dollar changes..so i say you shut the fck up and stop insulting all the indians

      • rasengan720 .

        dude what have you and the other guys been reading till now.. till now i haven’t insulted any indians if there is anything, its supporting the two people who were asking for it to be free…

      • rasengan720 .

        did you buy this game coz if you did its a waste of money when you could have downloaded it for free now.. gameloft jus made it free for the weekend

      • mehrab

        Just buy an “itunes card”

      • rasengan720 .

        you’d hate me for saying this but i’d jus wait for the app to go temporaily free or get a cracked ipa 😛

      • Pankaj Rana

        R u really from india, i live in new delhi, (the capital of india if u dont know) i always use debit/credit card to shop… And you are talking about that kind of risk on iOS device? Dude R U Drunk???
        I wanna punch u so hard to wake you up, its 2013 not your 1860 dude.. Are you living in cave since 1860??
        How can u be so cheap who cant even spend Rs.60 for such an awesome app… If you are this much poor, that you can even spend a single $ (Rs.60) for an app, then how the hell did u get that iPhone…..
        Fck u asOle, you dont deserve to use an iDevice. I can bet on this, your previous mobile was an ANDROID phone…. Dumbo, Alot of my friend use iOS devices and they always pay for apps like this.. People like should be hanged that you let our country’s name down… Such a dumbass..

      • rasengan720 .

        don’t talk about bringing countries name down when you’re from delhi my friend and check my statement earlier i said that the use of credit/debit is changing in parenthesis. Although i agree there is no risk relating to the usage of credit card on a iDevice but you know its not risky and you’re parents may know that too but most parents in india believe its risky and hence we can’t do anything bout it.

      • felixtaf

        Dont call as WE, idiot.. Its you… OMG, you are Mean!!!!!

      • OMG

        OMG

      • Afrokat980

        And thats why i don’t like asians! lol

      • Saria Hajjar

        how about that Gameloft made millions on a single game, and just for once, launching a game for free (as a thanks for all the millions)
        p.s. i bought a lot of games (from Gameloft), that’s why i wish, just for once to get a WELL DESIGNED game for free

      • Maxim∑

        there are tons of free gameloft games,not to mention the freebees by them once every month….

        Despicable Me: Minion Rush Gru’s Minions are ready for a challenge in the official Despicable Me game! UNO™ & Friends – The Classic Card Game Goes Social! HD EPIC Battle for Moonhaven Blitz Brigade HD Iron Man 3 – The Official Game HD Order & Chaos Duels -Trading Card Game Dragon Summoner PLAYMOBIL Pirates Littlest Pet Shop Heroes of Order & Chaos – Multiplayer Online Game

        ^All free

      • Afrokat980

        i see what you guys did up there and thats why i don’t like asians! lol

    • rasengan720 .

      the game is temporarily free now go get it

  • Rares

    I will play this game when I won’t be able to steer while in the air with the car

  • Ben Davies

    You moaning about spending a tiny amount? Shame on you.

  • What the?

    What’s up with gamelofts pricing lol? I just did a search on the app store and Aspalt 8 is 69p A7 is 69p A6 is £3 A5 is £5 A4 is £3? Weird

  • Piyush

    Solid title by gameloft , they are improving their games a lot like mc4 ,nova3 , gangster vegas , not like EA where they are degrading like hell because of freemium crap.

    • pawfyd

      As far as I know, Gameloft is far worse. They release paid apps, yet still include microtransactions in them. Oh and I prefer EA games more, Gameloft’s are medicore at best.

      • Piyush

        thats why i said they are improving a lot.

      • pawfyd

        PvZ2, GTA Vice City, GTAIII. I like those way more. 😀

      • Piyush

        but par with mc4 and nova 3.

      • Smit

        GTA is crap on iOS & Android. Vegas and Rio are better.

  • weztimonial

    Bought it straight as soon as it came out. Great games by Gameloft.

    • OMG

      ji will wait for it tok go free

    • mehrab

      What do you play it on? Any lag?

      • weztimonial

        iPad 3. No lag.

      • Sokrates

        I tried it on a iPhone 5 with iOS 7 Beta 5, and it wasn’t fluid at all.

      • mehrab

        Update it theres a new update

  • Lags on my iPad 2. Waiting for new iPad. Enjoying this game on my Note 2.

    • Piyush

      hey it lags on my s3

      • mehrab

        If you can run the previous version of this game it”ll shock me on a gs3? Do you know how horrible the gpu is on that thing

    • OMG

      yeah ipad 2 and even the ipad3 dont handle graphics very well the ipad 4 is the perfect one..

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        I thought the iPad 4 had the same retina display screen as the iPad 3. I may be wrong but I thought the iPad 4 was just a processor upgrade and a lightning charger instead of the 30 pin dock connector. If he is seriously considering buying the new iPad I would advice him to wait until the iPad 5…

    • Maxim∑

      As with every single android device… You will notice a ton more detail when you purchase the next gen iPad

  • Hmmm?

    Crashes on Gameloft logo Animation -__- just like Vegas and they only just fixed that one…

    • mehrab

      Which device?

      • Hmmm?

        iPhone 4

      • 3aloo1

        Of course iPad2 is better than iphone4

    • Debalin Das

      Same thing happens on my Nexus 4. I’ve contacted them. But haven’t heard any reply back.

  • Mike M. Powell

    Why not stick to the usual route n make it $8 n not cram iAP’s down our throats >_>, imma still get it no doubt, but buying the season is pretty cheap….n i “HOPE” they dont pull this shxt on MC4…..

  • Cpt.Badger

    The framerate is rather poor on the 4S. Only bother with 5 I guess.

    • Sokrates

      very poor framerate! even on my iPhone 5

      • mehrab

        Sure? Which version of the app you running?

    • Pankaj Rana

      I’m using iPhone 4S, works smoothly, no lags at all, (It also loads much faster than Asphalt 7). I’m on iOS 6.1.2, Jailbroken, with alot of apps around 2GB free out of 64GB space 😛 ,still no lags or frame rate problem.
      Have U installed the version v1.0.1…. I’m using this version, may be v1.0 has frame rate issues.

      • Cpt.Badger

        Some people consider 30 fps a “smooth experience”. I’m not one of those fortunate few.

      • Pankaj Rana

        wellll if think so, then i have nothing to say.

      • mehrab

        Asphal 7 does 55-60 fps on iphone 4s

      • mehrab

        You sure? :/ everything says it crashes and all and has poor framerates

      • Pankaj Rana

        although its not well optimized for Retina iPads but on my i4S (also checked on my dad’s iPhone 4, its running fine, i dont know if the game is running at 30fps, but its working fine, no problems at all)

      • Hmmm?

        Really? I can’t even play it on my iPhone 4 it crashes on start up. Had to download it on my iPad. Same issue happened on Gangstar Vegas took them ages to sort it but it work since 1.1.0. I hope they don’t take that long to sort it out

      • Pankaj Rana

        may be some users r facing crashing issue, but fortunately for me its working fine.
        But yeah, on Retina iPad you will get a poor gameplay experience bcoz its looks like an iPad 2 optimized game is running on Retina iPad. Not happy with the iPad gameplay.

      • Pankaj Rana

        Asphalt 8 is working fine for me..
        But i had this kind of issue with FIFA 12, was not able to play the game, it always crash on the start, after plenty of updates, i was able to play that game.

  • Adan Santos

    Worst kind of game: Paidmium – And it doesn’t have retina graphics on iPad 3!!!! WTF?

    • Pankaj Rana

      I Agree, im using iPad 3 n graphics n resolution feels like its just upscaled for iPad support, not properly optimized… The game looks Better on my iPhone 4S then my iPad 3, WTF…..

  • laszlo gaspar

    This game is in it’s self is a good enough reason to go out and buy an iPad 4.

  • Santo Georgie Mathew

    Why does d game crash?