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June 13, 2013

Gameloft shows stunning graphics in Asphalt 8: Airborne

All driving game aficionados will be pleased to hear that Gameloft is working on the next installment in the Asphalt series and the graphics look stunning! Asphalt 8: Airborne, which is scheduled to be released this summer, includes new maps, a new physics engine, and new weather effects. Dubbed “Airborne” because of the off ramps that launch your car into the air for some spectacular stunts, the new game will only cost $0.99 when released!

The game will feature eight maps in total. Seven of these are completely new and include the Nevada desert, the city streets of London, the water-soaked streets of Tokyo and frozen tracks from Iceland. The eighth map is a revamped version of the Monaco track from Asphalt 7, something that will please fans of the current installment.
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Asphalt 8 will also feature some heavy duty multiplayer options including both synchronous and asynchronous modes. Takedown mode is returning and there are also two new multiplayer game modes called Gate Drift and Infected. In Gate Drift mode you challenge your friends in a “drift” race through multiple gates with more more being earned when you get through a gate. The Infected multiplayer mode is a came of chase. One player starts as the “infected” player and must hit another car to pass on the infection before their health fails. Doesn't sound too hard? Well you only have 20 seconds to pass on the infection before you are knocked out of the game!

When using an asynchronous multiplayer mode, something that has been popular in games like Real Racing 3 and GRID 2, you can compete against your friend even when they are offline. In short this time shifted mode allows you to compete against your friends previous best performances which are simulated while you are racing.