Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airborne arrives for Windows Phone 8 as a non-Xbox racer
Good news for those of you are who racing fans as Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne is now available for Windows Phone 8 devices. The bad news is it’s a massive 819 MB to download, meaning you’ll need even more to install. The worse news is the game is not an Xbox Live title, as Gameloft has evidently decided to eschew Microsoft’s rigorous certification.
The upside to being a non-Xbox Live title is that Gameloft can update and tweak the game as often as they want, and presumably they will. The other upside is this massive racer only costs $0.99 and yes, there is a free trial as well.
So what is Asphalt 8: Airborne? It’s a relatively new title to the Asphalt series, only launching on Android and iOS back in August. While that’s a three month delay between those platforms and Windows Phone, that is considerably less time that previous games, especially for Gameloft. Of course it did just drop in price to free on Android, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.
The game is fueled by a new graphics engine and features airborne stunt moves, bringing a new twist to the series. Indeed, as can be seen from the teaser trailer above, the graphics are nothing short of stunning. Other than that, the game packs a huge amount of gameplay, locations and cars.
LUXURY DREAM CARS
- 47 high-performance cars (80% of them NEW!)
- Top licensed manufacturers like Lamborghini & Ferrari
- Newly recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio immersion
- Hit the ramps and take the race above
- Perform barrel rolls and wild 360º jumps
- Maneuver through the air, pulling stunts while racing
NEW EXOTIC LOCATIONS
- Race in 9 different settings like Venice, Guiana & the Nevada Desert!
- Discover plenty of hidden shortcuts
NEW FEATURES FOR SPEED FREAKS
- 8 seasons & 180 events in Career mode
- A detailed damage system
- Check out the new Infected and Drift Gate game modes
SIMULTANEOUS MULTIPLAYER & GHOST CHALLENGES
- Simultaneous multiplayer action for up to 8 real opponents!
- Dare friends to asynchronous races
- New leaderboards
MUSIC TO REV YOUR SOUL
- A heart-thumping mix of amazing licensed music for your game
- Featuring real tracks from Bloc Party, Mutemath & The Crystal Method!
Maybe they’re just hyping their own game a bit, but to our eyes that seems like quite the game, especially for $1.
We’re still downloading the massive game, as 819 MB can take some time even or Wi-Fi, so we can’t give any first impressions—we’ll leave those until later. For now, you can head to the Store here and download Asphalt 8: Airborne. 99 cents, free trial Windows Phone 8 only.
Also available for Windows 8 devices--Read more!
Thanks, Jason D., for the tip!
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I guess I could've just said "MANLY"
i guess (hope?) you're a teenager still living with your mum to say such idiotic things !
try just once in the street to get real
And its MS making it hard for devs.
I wish they release more NFS version.
(I know asphalt and NFS are different developers)
As for me, I really liked Asphalt 7 but the lack of Xbox with 8 is a deal breaker to me. I'm not paying for a non-Xbox game that is free on iOS and Android.
Well...if their next games won't be Xbox-enabled, I guess they lost a customer. In the end, it's not really my loss, is it? ;P
the file size is 819MB after installation it will take 1.5gb-1.8gb.
MS should allowed app to be installed in SD card.
and the game might take about 2.5gb.
So what's the use of making it for 512mb as only some of the guys will download it not everyone.
hipporama: i know ram and phone storage are different things.
why is having a 2.5GB game on a 8GB phone pointless ?
2. it's free on iOS and android.. not done.. :-/
And I'm happy for this... Maybe this will make MS rethink about the whole arcaic Xbox Live certification process...
However, if Xbox Games on WP dies...it's yet another nail on the Windows Phone coffin. With the looks being the only thing that sets them apart from Android and iOS, it won't be hard to see WP dead even faster than it will die if Nokia disappears. Microsoft just doesn't give a damn about WP. And that's more and more evident as days go by.
Cant agree moree.
Microsoft and xbox department must take advantage of popular games like this..
Now a thing I been thinking off. Nokia complained some time ago about Microsoft not moving fast enough. And now WP Xbox titles from even big publishers are skipping the hassle.
Is Microsoft actually the ones holding Windows Phone back? And maybe the W8 app store? Are MSFT to slow for the market?
I m going to buy this game for my surface and connect to my TV and use the 360 controller.:D
You won't buy it, okay. Who cares???
Go and write to Gameloft, or MS about your """problem""" ...it won't do any good if you spam this topic. Lots of people are still buying this game regardless of this and will be looking for information about the GAME itself and won't find it because 90% of the comments are whining about XBL.... Btw as said above: Game takes 1.4GB space after installation.
It runs 'fine' on L920 (no lags), however its not as smooth as Asphalt 7.... no surprise, it looks way better. A bit higher fps and it would be perfect... still .99 is not much for it imho. It has quitted once randomly during a race... battery is very hot (as always) while playing.
If any of you wonderful guys have downloaded the asphalt 8 airborne hack file, would you be so kind as to send it to me. firstname.lastname@example.org
Would be very greatful.