The 2020 Christmas Update is the 46th update of Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Announcement

Main article: 2020 Christmas Update (Patch Notes)

GET MORE WİTH THE NEW GAUNTLET STORE!

Great news, racer! We've made good even better -- now, in addition to the common Gauntlet rewards, you can get a bunch more! Race hard in the Gauntlet to get Badges, go to the special Store, spend Badges and get the the finest items!

NEW FESTIVALS ARE WAITING FOR THEİR RACER!

The winter holidays are ahead, and it's a super-cozy time to play! Don't miss the new winter festival with the splendid Bugatti Divo, and some more great festivals, including the gorgeous Koenigsegg Agera RS! Check out the calendar and burn rubber in the races!

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New Vehicles

All of these cars are Festival-Unlockable only.

The new cars will need the following cards:

Bugatti Divo Kit Bugatti Divo Kit – Last checked: Feb 8, 2021
Sale value: Fusion Coins 300
Rarity: Superb (Class S)
Vehicle: Bugatti Divo (220 to upgrade)
Availability: Festival
Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Kit Nissan Leaf Nismo RC Kit – Last checked: Feb 8, 2021
Sale value: Fusion Coins 200
Rarity: Optimal (Class D)
Vehicle: Nissan Leaf Nismo RC (220 to upgrade)
Availability: Festival
Exotic Rides W70 Kit Exotic Rides W70 Kit – Last checked: Feb 8, 2021
Sale value: Fusion Coins 200
Rarity: Optimal (Class B)
Vehicle: Exotic Rides W70 (220 to upgrade)
Availability: Festival

Game Changes

Gameplay Changes

Currencies

List of changes:

  • Since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020), the Nitro Starter, Extra Tank and Double Credits boosters now require Fusion Coins Fusion Coins rather than Tokens Tokens (Extra Tank and Double Credits) or Credits Credits (Nitro Starter) to be purchased. Each type of booster now costs the exact same number of Fusion Coins as the Tuning Kit already did previously.
  • Since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020), a new currency called Gauntlet Badges Gauntlet Badges has been introduced to the game. Gauntlet Badges, also known simply as "Badges", are exclusive to Gauntlet mode. For more information, see the Gauntlet section below.
  • Since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020), MAX upgrades for certain cars are now purchasable with either Fusion Coins Fusion Coins or Credits Credits instead of only with Tokens Tokens.
  • Since January 1, 2021, all of the remaining purchasable bundles have disappeared. These bundles contained Tokens Tokens (Tokens 300, Tokens 200, Tokens 100 with bonus items), taking away yet another (premium) avenue for the acquisition of Tokens. The only bundles remaining are the Free Daily Bundle, Weekly VIP Bundle and various gift bundles (such as the Mazda Furai Winter Holidays Gift). Otherwise, this section of the game menu is now mostly useless, with the majority of purchasable bundles now located in the "Offers" section of the game menu.
  • Since January 18, 2021, 7-Day Milestone Advertisements now reward additional Golden Gauntlet Tickets Golden Gauntlet Tickets at additional milestones. Most of the old milestones haven't been removed or changed. However, the Tokens 100-milestone has been replaced with a Fusion Coins 36,000-milestone, removing one of the last possible non-VIP methods by which to obtain Tokens Tokens.
    • The new milestone system includes:
      • [OLD] Milestone at 3 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 1
      • [OLD] Milestone at 7 ads - Fusion Coins 8,888
      • [NEW] Milestone at 11 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 1
      • [OLD] Milestone at 16 ads - 1x Rare Tech Rare Tech (Class B)
      • [NEW] Milestone at 21 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 1
      • [OLD] Milestone at 25 ads - Fusion Coins 18,888
      • [NEW] Milestone at 31 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 1
      • [OLD] Milestone at 35 ads - 1x Rare Engine Rare Engine (Class B)
      • [NEW] Milestone at 41 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 2
      • [NEW] Milestone at 45 ads - Fusion Coins 36,000
      • [NEW] Milestone at 51 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 2
      • [OLD] Milestone at 55 ads - 3x Rare Tech Rare Tech (Class B)
      • [NEW] Milestone at 61 ads - Golden Gauntlet Tickets 2
      • [OLD] Milestone at 65 ads - 3x Rare Engine Rare Engine (Class B)
    • Note1: Some players report only having 10x ads per day, whereas others report having 15x ads per day. As such, some players will gain Golden Gauntlet Tickets from milestone ads faster than others. However, the total amount of Golden Gauntlet Tickets that can be won across a single 7-day ad cycle is the same for all players.
    • Note2: The normal ad rewards in the 7-day ad cycle have seemingly remained unchanged.
  • Since January 18, 2021, the 7-Day Booster Bundle has been relocated to the Bundles section, where it was originally located. It had previously been transferred to the Offers section on December 17, 2020. For several hours on January 18, 2021, the bundle was completely unavailable for purchase, having been missing from both Bundles and Offers.
  • Towards the end of January 19, 2021, the other aforementioned Bundles have reappeared. These bundles contain Tokens Tokens (Tokens 300, Tokens 200, Tokens 100 with bonus items). They had disappeared earlier on in the 2020 Christmas Update, on January 1, 2021.
  • The first-ever exclusive sale for cars with purchase prices in Fusion Coins Fusion Coins was held from January 30 to January 31, 2021.
  • As of February 4, the time of writing, the 3-Day Booster Bundle can now be viewed towards the beginning of the Offers section, rather than towards the end. Previously, it was obscured by the numerous Gauntlet Packs.

Festivals

List of changes:

  • Since December 25, 2020, the ability to purchase the Premium Pass in Festivals with Tokens Tokens (or, alternatively, with real money) has been reintroduced, at least for the Winter Festival, Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Festival, Koenigsegg Agera RS Festival and Exotic Rides W70 Festival so far.
    • Note1: The last time that a Premium Pass in a Festival could be purchased with Tokens was during the DS E-TENSE Festival, occurring from April 25 to May 5, 2020 (2020 Spring Update, v4.9.0), which charged Tokens 5,000 or US $20 for the Premium Pass.
    • Note2: The Winter Festival charges Tokens 2,000 or US $10 for the Premium Pass. This is very cheap, considering that the DS E-TENSE is a Class D car whereas the Bugatti Divo (the featured car in the Winter Festival) is a Class S car.
    • Note3: The Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Festival charges Tokens 4,000 or US $20 for the Premium Pass.
    • Note4: The Koenigsegg Agera RS Festival charges Tokens 2,000 or US $10 for the Premium Pass.
    • Note5: The Exotic Rides W70 Festival charges Tokens 1,000 or US $5 for the Premium Pass.
  • Since December 25, 2020, the two variants of Festival Offers, cheap daily offers and progressively-expensive exponential offers, now provide Fusion Coins Fusion Coins instead of Tokens Tokens (in addition to Festival Coins Festival Coins or Festival Coins Winter Festival Coins as well as VIP Points VIP Points). Credits Credits are still rewarded alongside Fusion Coins in the latter category of offers.
    • Note: The higher-tier exponential offers already did reward both Tokens and Fusion Coins, so they have seemingly decreased in payout as they only reward Fusion Coins now (as well as the other standard rewards). The number of Fusion Coins that are rewarded may have been increased, though this has not been confirmed.
  • Since December 27, 2020 (beginning with the Winter Festival), Festival Time-Limited Events have been reorganised:
    • There are now 2x Vehicle-specific Kit-cards Cups (Festival Kits Cups) rather than 3x.
      • Note1: Payouts are seemingly the same as before for individual cups.
      • Note2: Reward requirements may have been altered. This has not been confirmed.
      • Note3: Overall, the payout has been reduced from 60x Kit Cards to 40x Kit Cards in the context of entire Festivals.
      • Note4: Combining the Kit Cards that can be won from the 2x Festival Kits Cups, the occasional Featured-Car Festival Kits Cup (in the case of the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC, this was the Ferrari SF90 Stradale) and both the standard and premium Festival Tiers, the maximum possible number of Kit Cards that can be obtained from the Festival throughout its duration is only 210/220. The remaining 10x Kit Cards must be obtained by converting Wild Cards long after the Festival has concluded. Kit Cards can take up to two months to be made available for Wild Card conversion, it seems. An alternative VIP-exclusive way to obtain the remaining Kit Cards is to gradually accumulate bonus Kit Cards for that specific Festival car from the premium Festival rewards of other Festivals. However, this second method is just as tedious as the first method, not to mention more expensive.
    • There is now 1x Festival Coins Festival Coins Cup rather than 2x.
      • Note1: The Festival Coins Festival Coins payout of the single Festival Coins Cup has been greatly increased, at least for players who can place within the higher positions, especially within the top 1%.
      • Note2: From player testing, it seems that the highest possible Festival Tier that can now be reached by a non-VIP player is Tier 22, due to the increased overall Festival Coins payout. Whereas, previously, it was Tier 19. However, since one of the Festival Kits Cups has been removed, it seems that the overall Kit Card payout for non-VIP players is lower; though, the Fusion Coins Fusion Coins payout is higher. Featured-Car Festival Kits Cups are an unpredictable variable since certain players will have different progress levels towards these cars, ranging from having them at MAX+PRO / full-PRO to not owning them at all. In order to reach Tier 22, having the featured car at MAX+PRO / full-PRO (or close to that) is necessary. Of course, investing more Kit Cards into upgrades for the Festival car early on will result in a better lap-time in the Festival Coins Cup that appears later on, resulting in a higher Festival Coins payout and the potential to reach Tier 22. Most non-VIP players will only be capable of reaching Tier 21 or even Tier 20. A certain element of luck is also involved, due to the semi-random Festival Coins Festival Coins Pack drop rates, with the three distinct levels of payout per Festival Coins Pack being Festival Coins 3, Festival Coins 5 and Festival Coins 8. Players have reported missing certain Festival Tiers by very small margins in Festival Coins, owing to bad luck when opening Festival Coins Packs.
    • Update: This Festival TLE layout has only been used for the Bugatti Divo's Festival and the Nissan Leaf Nismo RC's Festival so far.
  • Since January 20, 2021, the layout of Festival Time-Limited Events has been changed again. The Koenigsegg Agera RS's Festival used a Festival TLE layout very similar to that of the 2018 McLaren X2's Festival (August 12 to August 22, 2020; 2020 Summer Update, v5.2.0). It featured threeFestival Coins Festival Coins Cups, with each cup employing the usage of a different backup/bonus car, all having been previous Festival cars. However, there were no Festival Kits Cups since the Agera RS is an ULTIMATE car.
  • Since February 1, 2021, the layout of Festival Time-Limited Events has been changed again. The Exotic Rides W70's Festival had three Festival Coins Festival Coins Cups and four Festival Kits cups. Each Festival Kits Cup employed the usage of a different backup/bonus car, all having been previous Festival Cars, whereas each Festival Coins Cup employed the usage of the W70 itself.
    • Note1: This was the second Festival to feature five cars, the current record (as of February 1, 2021), after the preceding Koenigsegg Agera RS's Festival.
    • Note2: This was the first Festival to feature five PRO-only cars (also known as "Festival cars"). The Agera RS's Festival only featured three PRO-only cars, alongside two ULTIMATE cars, whereas every car in the W70's Festival was PRO-only. This made the W70's Festival the most expensive and exclusive Festival in Asphalt 8: Airborne's history, even more so than the Agera RS's Festival.
    • Note3: This was the first Festival to reward the same car twice at two different points within one Festival. It could not actually be won twice, so players were provided with 10 Kit Cards as compensation if they had won both rewards.
    • Note4: This was the first Festival to reward Wild Cards within the standard Festival rewards (Optimal, Prime and Superb).
    • Note5: This was the cheapest Festival to purchase the Premium Pass for, both in terms of real money and Tokens Tokens, in the game's history, at US $4.95 or Tokens 1,000.
    • Note6: This was the first Festival to reward Kit Cards for multiple different cars within a single Festival Kits Cup.
  • As of February 4, the time of writing, the two variants of Festival Packs can now be viewed towards the beginning of the Offers section, rather than towards the end. Previously, they were obscured by the numerous Gauntlet Packs.
    • Note: The two variants of Festival packs have also swapped positions so that the progressively-expensive exponential offers are shown firstly and the cheap daily offers are shown secondly.
  • The Aston Martin Valhalla's and BMW M4 GTS's car-specific Pro Kit cards are not yet available for Wild Card - Superb and Wild Card - Optimal conversion, respectively. The Valhalla and M4 GTS both debuted during the preceding 2020 Halloween Update.

Gauntlet

List of changes:

  • Gauntlet Store: A new subsection has been added within the Gauntlet screen, known as the "Gauntlet Store". It is a new shop where players can exchange a special currency from Gauntlet mode (Gauntlet Badges Gauntlet Badges) for useful items, including part, tech & engine cards, Wild Cards, other currencies, extra tickets (Golden Gauntlet Tickets Golden Gauntlet Tickets) and boosters. The prizes available in the Gauntlet Store are determined both by the player's Gauntlet league (tiers of prizes available) as well as by the player's VIP level (number of prizes available in stock per season).
  • Gauntlet Badges Gauntlet Badges: Gauntlet mode now awards participants with a new currency called Gauntlet Badges at the end of every season. This currency is used to make purchases in the Gauntlet Store, as stated previously. Gauntlet Badges remain in the inventory indefinitely and are not depleted at the end of every season, unlike Golden Gauntlet Tickets Golden Gauntlet Tickets.
  • The rating points system of Gauntlet has been reworked (since December 21, 2020, or slightly earlier) so that players now win twice as many rating points as their opponent loses whenever they win a race. However, this is only the case when challenging opponents. When defending against opponents, a player only gains the regular amount of rating points when they win, and their opponent loses the same amount of rating points when they lose. The standard amount of rating points gained is 15×2 (challenging) or 15×1 (defending). This can fluctuate up or down by several ticks, depending on how many rating points the opponent possessed before being defeated. When a player loses a challenge or defence, they only lose the standard amount of rating points rather than double, as implied previously, so the player gains twice as many rating points for winning as they lose for losing.
  • Gauntlet seasons have been changed to have up to 1000 players or more per each random division (since December 21, 2020, or slightly earlier), rather than 500 players as was previously the case; this is indicated by the rewards section, which goes up to 1000 players. However, players can now only see the top 100 players, as well as their own position (if their own position is below the top 100, they will not be able to see players nearby to them), in a manner similar to Multiplayer League.
  • The Gauntlet mechanics guide has been updated since December 21, 2020, or earlier.
  • Since an unknown point, at the time of writing, January 26, 2021, the Qualification Rank in Gauntlet mode — a figure determined by the sum of the five highest-ranked "cars" (vehicles) in a player's Garage — has been changed so that motorcycles don't count towards it. Previously, motorcycles counted towards the Qualification Rank even though they couldn't be used in Gauntlet mode, which was very unfair for players whose Qualification Rank crossed over a Gauntlet League rank-threshold only because a motorcycle in their Garage was among their five highest-ranked vehicles.
    • In the screenshots provided, it can be seen that the Qualification Rank has, in fact, been changed to exclude motorcycles. The screenshots show the five highest-ranked cars, as well as the highest-ranked motorcycle, from a certain player's inventory. The highest-ranked motorcycle is higher-ranked than three of the five highest-ranked cars, so it should be among the five highest-ranked vehicles.
      • [Car] Bugatti Divo - Upgrades: 0000 | Rank: S1613
      • [Car] Mazda Furai - Upgrades: N/A (ULTIMATE) | Rank: D1230
      • [Motorcycle] KTM 1290 Super Duke R - Upgrades: 0000 | Rank: D1181
      • [Car] Chevrolet Camaro GS - Upgrades: 1411-0000 | Rank: D1117
      • [Car] Cadillac ATS - Upgrades: 5555-5555 (MAX+PRO) | Rank: D1090
      • [Car] Audi R8 e-tron - Upgrades: 5555-5555 (MAX+PRO) | Rank: D1048
        • Rank-sum of the five highest-ranked vehicles (cars and motorcycles) = 6,231
        • Rank-sum of the five highest-ranked cars = 6,098
        • Gauntlet Qualification Rank displayed = 6,098
        • Therefore, the change is true.
    • AndreeaFromGameloft's announcement about the change

      The forum member whom AndreeaFromGameloft was responding to

      Note: The change was announced by AndreeaFromGameloft, the Community Manager of Asphalt 8: Airborne's forum (at the Gameloft Forums), Discord server and Facebook page, on January 26 (according to Gameloft's server-time).[1]

Time-Limited Events

List of changes:

  • There was no Multiplayer Cup in Time-Limited Events in the week beginning on January 18, 2021, and ending on January 24, 2021.
    • Analysis: It seems that the TLE might not reappear for a while. It had been a regular, weekly, two-day-long TLE for over two months, starting from November 7, 2020. That particular TLE, which started on a Saturday, was an outlier. Most subsequent TLEs started on Wednesdays. There was one other outlier that started on a Monday, on December 14, 2020. The TLE was popular for various reasons; (1) it was free for all players to enter, providing a range of high-end Class S cars for players to test out at MAX+PRO, full-PRO or ULTIMATE; (2) it provided generous rewards, including boosters, Superb Wild Cards (Class S) and Fusion Coins Fusion Coins; and (3) it was a major source of Golden Gauntlet Tickets Golden Gauntlet Tickets for Gauntlet mode, providing Golden Gauntlet Tickets 22 in total per TLE. The TLE became a major element of Gauntlet mode due to the difficulty of obtaining tickets elsewhere. However, due to the introduction of the Gauntlet Store, where tickets can be purchased in exchange for Gauntlet Badges Gauntlet Badges, and due to the increased number of tickets that are available from 7-Day Milestone Advertisements starting from January 18, tickets have become easier to obtain outside of the TLE, which may explain why the TLE has been discontinued, at least for now.
    • Update: The Multiplayer Cup also didn't appear in the week beginning on January 25, 2021, and ending on January 31, 2021.
  • Since January 23, 2021, the weekly Tokens Tokens Cup in Time-Limited Events has been replaced by a weekly Fusion Coins Fusion Coins Cup, removing one of the last possible non-VIP methods by which to obtain Tokens Tokens.
    • The rewards of the Fusion Coins Cup are as follows:
      • (Standard) Finish Race: Credits 10,000
        • Note: This is achievable with any car in any condition.
      • (Leaderboard) Top 5%: Fusion Coins 50,000
        • Note: This is achievable with unboosted, fully-upgraded, high-end Class S cars.
      • (Leaderboard) Top 10%: Fusion Coins 25,000
        • Note: This is achievable with unboosted, fully-upgraded, low-end Class S cars and high-end Class A cars. It is possibly even achievable with double-boosted, fully-upgraded, mid-to-high-end Class B cars.
      • (Leaderboard) Top 40%: Fusion Coins 12,000
        • Note: This is achievable with unboosted, fully-upgraded, mid-to-high-end Class C cars and all Class B cars.
      • (Leaderboard) Top 75%: Fusion Coins 8,000
        • Note: This is achievable with unboosted, fully-upgraded, mid-to-high-end Class D cars.
      • (Leaderboard) Top 80%: Fusion Coins 5,000
        • Note: This is achievable with unboosted, fully-upgraded, mid-to-high-end Class D cars.
      • TOTAL: Fusion Coins 100,000

Mazda Furai

List of changes:

  • Since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020), the Mazda Furai, originally a Class C car at rank C1507 (nearby to the Renault Trezor at rank C1517), has been moved to Class D at rank D1230 (nearby to the Kawasaki Z800 at D1223) and has been granted with ULTIMATE status (no upgrades required). Although the Furai's speed has been nerfed, its nitro efficiency has been buffed (from terrible to decent). The acceleration and handling seem to have not changed much in reality (although the displayed performance values have changed). The Furai has always had very good acceleration, handling and drifting. Unlike most other ULTIMATE vehicles, such as the Koenigsegg Jesko, the Furai's new raw top speed is standard for its rank, rather than much higher.
    • Analysis1: The Furai's nitro efficiency at its new rank of D1230 is 7/11.5/16. The Furai's previous, worse nitro efficiency at its old rank of C1507 was 9/15/18.
    • Analysis2: The Furai at its new rank of D1230 takes 2.5 seconds to accelerate to its maximum speed from a standstill with a Nitro Starter, Tuning Kit and triple-tap nitro. At its previous rank of C1507, the Furai took 3.3 seconds to accelerate under the same circumstances, though its top speed was significantly higher as well. Comparing the length of time taken to accelerate to the same speed, the Furai's acceleration has improved by around 0.1 seconds. The C1507 Furai took 2.6 seconds to accelerate to the same speed as the D1230 Furai.

Other

List of changes:

Vehicle Availability Changes

Main article: Vehicle list (Asphalt 8)

Vehicle Price Changes

The purchase prices of the following vehicles have been changed:

  • The Rimac C_Two's purchase price was increased from Fusion Coins 3,700,000 to Fusion Coins 4,000,000 seemingly upon the launch of the 2020 Christmas Update.
  • The KTM X-Bow GT4, which debuted as a free car in the Formula E Update (April 28, 2020; v4.9.1), is now available for purchase in the Garage at the price of Fusion Coins 330,000. This was not recorded in the preceding 2020 Halloween Update's patch notes, though the change presumably occurred at that time and was not a part of this update. During the 2020 Halloween Update, many exclusive vehicles were placed permanently on sale in the Garage for Fusion Coins, likely including the X-Bow GT4, though this was not documented at the time.
  • The following vehicles that debuted during the Seventh Anniversary Update and the 2020 Halloween Update, the two preceding updates before the 2020 Christmas Update, have now been made available for purchase in the Garage at the following prices in Fusion Coins Fusion Coins presumably since the launch of the update:

Vehicle Removals

The following vehicles are currently not available for purchase:

  • The Mazda Furai was removed from the Garage for normal purchase upon the launch of the 2020 Christmas Update.
    • Analysis: As stated elsewhere on this page, the Furai was reshuffled from Class C to Class D, was converted to ULTIMATE status and was given away to all players for free as a Christmas gift. Hence, it is highly unlikely that it is was removed from the Garage due to licensing issues. It has likely been removed in order to dissuade players from purchasing it with Tokens Tokens, given that it's a free vehicle at the moment. However, some players did pre-emptively purchase the Furai with Tokens shortly before it was removed from the Garage, fearing that they would never be able to obtain it again. This turned out to be a false alarm, given that it subsequently became a free vehicle. These players have not been compensated for purchasing the Furai at that time.
    • Update: The Furai is no longer available as a free gift (Winter Holidays Gift) as of January 27, 2021, according to one report.[2] This means that the Furai is now completely unobtainable.
  • The Lucra L148 is no longer on sale.

    The Lucra L148, an old car in the game (it debuted in late-2014 to early-2015 during the Winter Update; v1.7.0) and a Credits Credits-purchasable, then Blueprints-assemblable and then finally (briefly) Tokens Tokens-purchasable car in mid-Class B (previously in mid-Class A), is no longer available for purchase in the Garage. The Lucra L148 was converted into a Tokens-purchasable car in the 2019 Halloween Update (October 30/31; v4.6.0). Its subsequent fate is unclear, though it temporarily went on sale from November 29, 2019 until December 2, 2019. The Lucra L148 has not been obtainable by any means since then.
    • The change was spotted on January 5, 2021. Technically, nothing has changed, though almost every other exclusive vehicle has been placed permanently on sale in the Garage as of the 2020 Halloween Update. So, it seems that the Lucra L148 has either been forgotten or removed from the game.
    • It is unclear whether the Lucra L148 was placed on sale in the Garage in the 2019 Halloween Update, after it was converted into a Tokens Tokens-purchasable car, or was instead converted into an exclusive vehicle at that time, only to never return to the game after December 2, 2019.
    • Note: Players reported the Lucra L148 as being unobtainable as early as June 28, 2020, in the comments section of the Wild Cards Update (v5.1.0) wiki page.
  • All of the Lightning, Lucra and Marussia vehicles are missing from the A8A Garage.

    The Marussia B2, an original car (one of 47 original cars that have been in the game from the beginning, August 2013) in the game and a Credits Credits-purchasable, then Blueprints-assemblable and then finally Tokens Tokens-purchasable car in high-end Class C (previously in low-end Class A), is no longer available for purchase in the Garage as of December 29, 2020. In real life, the Marussia automotive company has been defunct since April 2014.
    • The Marussia B2 had previously been on sale for 50% off at Tokens 1,825 from December 17, 2020, towards the end of the 2020 Halloween Update on IOS and Windows and during the 2020 Christmas Update on Android, to December 28, during the 2020 Christmas Update.
    • Unlike the Lucra L148, the Marussia B2 was on sale much more recently and may have been permanently purchasable for a substantial period of time.
  • All of the Hennessey, Holden and Hot Wheels vehicles are missing from the A8A Garage.

    The Holden Coupe 60, originally a Tokens Tokens-purchasable and then subsequently Blueprints-assemblable car in high-end Class B prior to the discontinuation of Blueprints in April 2019 (2019 Spring Update; v4.2.0), thereafter having been temporarily removed from the Garage for purchase, has once again not been available for purchase in the Garage since October 30, 2020, since the beginning of the 2020 Halloween Update. It is unknown whether it has been permanently or temporarily removed. In real life, the Holden automotive company was dissolved on December 31, 2020, so it seems likely that the removal of the Holden Coupe 60 from the game is permanent.
    • The Holden Coupe 60 had previously been on sale at its full price in either Fusion Coins Fusion Coins or Tokens Tokens (but not both) for most players from October 16, 2020 to October 29, 2020, during the Seventh Anniversary Update (v5.3.0). At the time, nearly every exclusive car in the game, having previously been obtainable only via R&D, EDD, Championship, World Tour, Multiplayer League, TLEs and so on, had been on sale temporarily. Subsequently, upon the launch of the 2020 Halloween Update, the vast majority of these cars were placed on permanent sale in the Garage for Fusion Coins. The only car that was not subsequently placed on permanent sale in the Garage was the Holden Coupe 60.
    • Note: The Holden Coupe 60 was already effectively removed from the Garage back when Blueprints were discontinued in April 2019, though it was still occasionally placed on temporary sale in the Garage at later times.
  • The Ferrari Enzo Ferrari is no longer on sale.

    The Ferrari Enzo Ferrari (A1790), Sbarro Alcador (A1747) and Sbarro GT1 (C1545) have also been reported as being unobtainable during the 2020 Christmas Update. The Enzo was last obtainable on September 9, 2020, having been placed on sale many times throughout 2020. The Sbarro GT1 was last obtainable by VIP players on June 8, 2020 and by non-VIP players on April 26, 2020. The Alcador was last obtainable on December 2, 2019, in a brief exclusive sale that occurred during the 2019 Halloween Update (October 30/31; v4.6.0), alongside the Lucra L148, whose similar case has been detailed above.
    • When it debuted, the Enzo was a Class S car; it was subsequently transferred to Class A. On the other hand, the Alcador has always been a Class A car and the Sbarro GT1 has always been a Class C car.
    • Both the Enzo and Alcador were formerly Blueprints-assemblable cars, similarly to the Lucra L148, Marussia B2 and Holden Coupe 60, all of whose cases have been detailed above. On the other hand, the Sbarro GT1 was never Blueprints-assemblable.
  • The Infiniti Vision GT was reported to be unusable in Career Mode on November 3, 2020 by user "Javi_Brias Arrastia" on the Gameloft Forums.

    The Infiniti Vision GT has not been obtainable via any means ever since its R&D was rerun for the first time on March 14, 2020. The last date that it could have possibly been acquired was a few days after March 14, 2020, since players were given a few days to start the R&D before it prematurely disappeared.
    • Normally, it would seem that the Infiniti Vision GT could have a chance of returning to the game in a second R&D rerun. However, it seems that R&D reruns have been discontinued as of the Seventh Anniversary Update (v5.3.0), which began in September 2020. Previously, new R&Ds had been discontinued ever since the 2019 Holiday Update (v4.7.0), which began on December 19 across all platforms, with all new cars from that point forward being exclusively obtainable via Festivals.
    • As stated in the Holden Coupe 60 segment above, almost all exclusive vehicles were placed on permanent sale in the Garage upon the launch of the 2020 Halloween Update, having previously been temporarily on sale in the Garage for around two weeks towards the end of the Seventh Anniversary Update. The Infiniti Vision GT wasn't placed on temporary sale, and it subsequently wasn't placed on permanent sale either.
    • Note1: It is suspected that licensing issues may have had something to do with the Infiniti Vision GT's removal from the Garage.
      • Update: The licensing for the Infiniti Vision GT seems to primarily belong to Polyphony Digital, the developer of the racing simulation series of video games known as Gran Turismo, as well as to the Infiniti brand, which is a luxury subsidiary of Nissan. Polyphony Digitial launched a vehicle design project called Vision Gran Turismo, seemingly in 2013 or earlier, and signed deals with multiple automotive companies to design cars specifically for the project and for the game. Infiniti's entry into the project was the Infiniti Vision GT. When the Infiniti Vision GT debuted in Asphalt 8: Airborne in the Holiday Update of December 2018, it became the first car from the Vision Gran Turismo project to feature in an unaffiliated racing simulation game. It is likely that the licensing agreement signed between Gameloft and Polyphony Digital over the Infiniti Vision GT has expired or has been terminated, resulting in the Infiniti Vision GT's removal from Asphalt 8: Airborne.
    • Note2: One player has reported on the Gameloft Forums that the Infiniti Vision GT can no longer be used in the entire Career Mode by players who already own it since at least November 3, 2020, and likely since a short while earlier than that.[3]
  • All of the Formula E and Gray Design vehicles are missing from the A8A Garage. The Geely GC9, the only Geely vehicle in the game, is a Mastery vehicle, so it's still in the game even though its brand is greyed-out.

    The Formula E Gen2, Infiniti Project Black S Special Edition, SSC Tuatara, TVR Sagaris Special Edition, Hennessey Venom GT, Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition, Zeus Twelve Sigma and Koenigsegg Jesko have also not been available by any means for several months at this point, though there's no indication that they will not return at future points in time as exclusive vehicles.
    • The Tuatara has been unobtainable for the longest period of time, having been removed from the Garage on December 19, upon the launch of the 2019 Holiday Update (v4.7.0) across all platforms.
    • Among these cars that have been listed, three of them, the Project Black S SE, Sagaris SE and SLK 55 AMG SE, are Lunar New Year Special Edition cars. There is one other Lunar New Year car, the Audi R8 e-tron Special Edition, that was temporarily on sale in January 2021, though it isn't permanently on sale in the Garage either. There are three other Special Edition cars in the game that are not themed around the Lunar New Year, namely the Nissan 370Z Special Edition, BMW M2 Special Edition and Mazda RX-8 Special Edition. The latter two cars are permanently on sale in the Garage whereas the 370Z SE was given away as a free gift for logging onto Facebook during the 2020 Christmas Update, though it's unknown whether it's still on permanent sale in the Garage.
      • The Project Black S SE and Sagaris SE have both gone on sale at least once in the Offers section, for real money, roughly during mid-2020.
    • Among these cars that have been listed, three of them are ULTIMATE vehicles. One of them, the Jesko, is the tied-best car in the game, so it's most likely being temporarily withheld due to its overpowered performance. On the other hand, it's unclear what the fates of the Tuatara and Venom are. The Venom was previously a Credits Credits-purchasable car, and it was last obtainable in August 2020 (19 to 25) when it was temporarily placed on sale in the Garage. The Tuatara hasn't been obtainable in any way since December 19, 2020, as stated previously.
    • The Formula E Gen2 is the second old Festival car that is not on sale in the Garage at the moment, after the Infiniti Project Black S Special Edition, whose case is detailed above. Other newer Festival cars aren't on sale either, but that's because they are new. It is unclear why the Formula E Gen2 isn't on sale at the moment.
    • The Zeus Twelve Sigma has always had restrictive availability, like the Infiniti Vision GT (whose case is detailed above), though it doesn't seem that there are any licensing issues surrounding this car.
      • The Zeus Twelve Sigma still has its Season 9: Beyond race in the Career Mode, whereas the Infiniti Vision GT doesn't.
    • The Dodge Tomahawk was on sale for AU $159.99 on Android mobile in late-January 2021.

      Note1: The Dodge Tomahawk, which debuted during the preceding 2020 Halloween Update, has presumably not been made available for purchase due to being an ULTIMATE vehicle (motorcycle).
      • Update: The Tomahawk was available for purchase in the Offers section from midday of January 23, 2021, to midday of January 29, 2021. The price was US $99.95 or AU $159.95. This was much more expensive than the original price of just US $19.95 or AU $29.95 in the Morgan Aero GT's Festival back in November 2020 (2020 Halloween Update). In that Festival, the Tomahawk was the Tier 1 Premium reward, so it could be attained as soon as the Premium Pass was purchased. The Premium Pass was only available for real money and not for Tokens Tokens, but the price in real money was still relatively cheap in comparison to the price that the Tomahawk was being offered at in this deal. It seems that this deal for the Tomahawk had the second-highest price that any individual vehicle has ever been sold for in real-life currency. The most expensive vehicle in the game, by a huge margin, is still the 2015 GTA Spano, which can only be attained with real money, for a price of US $4000 or AU $6000. It should be noted that VIP Points (VIP Points) 10,000 were included in this deal for the Tomahawk as well.
    • Note2: The BMW M4 GTS, the last vehicle that debuted during the preceding 2020 Halloween Update, has not been made available for purchase yet. This will presumably happen at some point in the near future, either later on in this update or upon the launch of the next update.
  • Among motorcycles, four out of fifteen are purchasable in the Garage at the moment. As stated previously, the Dodge Tomahawk is not on sale at the moment, though it is a relatively new vehicle. Meanwhile, the Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR my2017 was permanently removed for non-owners back in October 2018. However, aside from those two motorcycles, the other nine motorcycles that aren't on sale in the Garage, as well as the four that are, are available for purchase with real money from the Car Packs section of the main menu.

Technical Changes

Technical changes are as follows:

  • Decreased Session Load Times: On Windows, when the game has been fully loaded at least once during the current login session, subsequent reloads of the game during the same session are greatly reduced.
  • Device Compatibility: The following devices & platforms are no longer compatible with the game:
    • iOS: iPad 3, iPad 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5С, iPod Touch 5, and iOS versions below 10.0.
    • Android: Android API 20 or older.
    • Windows: Windows 8.1 or older and Xbox Live. Player data is now linked to a Facebook account.
  • Social Media Logins:
    • Logging onto Facebook or Outlook (Microsoft email) is now mandatory for Windows PC players since the launch of the update. Both platforms are used to save data to the Cloud and also to provide an in-game username, which the player can switch between in the player-profile menu, which can be accessed via the upper-left corner of the screen. Xbox Live (another Microsoft social media and gaming platform) was discontinued as a login/data-save option since the launch of the update.
      • Logging onto Facebook, Google Play or Discord is mandatory for Android players.
      • Logging onto Facebook, Apple, Game Center or Discord is mandatory for iOS players.
    • Gameloft has also claimed that a Discord login option will be made available at some point during this update. Discord is a social media service that allows users to communicate with one another both with text and with video/audio.
      • Discord is already available for Android and IOS players and presumably has been since the launch of the update on Android and IOS.

Cosmetic Changes

Cosmetic changes are as follows:

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  • New loading screen of a Bugatti Divo in Patagonia that replaces the previous loading screen of a Bugatti Chiron in Terra 9.
  • Since December 14, 2020 (changes initially implemented during the preceding 2020 Halloween Update); Iceland, Tokyo and the Alps are decorated with Christmas scenery objects until February 2021.
    • Note: The addition of extra city havoc around these tracks, in the form of Christmas gift boxes and snowmen, does affect gameplay to a minor degree. Destroying these gift boxes provides a minor boost to the player's nitro meter.
    • Note: Snowflake particle effects directly on the device's screen are visible on these tracks on Android (and possibly IOS) but not on Windows, which has lost its particle effects in the preceding 2020 Halloween Update. "High" visual quality needs to be selected on Android; this is equivalent to "Extreme" visual quality on Windows. Alps, by default (with High/Extreme visual quality), already has snow particle effects in the background as well.
  • Gauntlet Cosmetic Changes:
    • Changes implemented since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020) include:
      • The Gauntlet Store is now visible in the upper-left corner of the main Gauntlet screen, with a large green parallelogram-shaped button and a watermark of a price-tag symbol.
      • The Gauntlet Badges Gauntlet Badges currency balance is now visible in the main Gauntlet screen, nearby to the Gauntlet Store button and the currency balances of the Golden Gauntlet Tickets Golden Gauntlet Tickets and Gauntlet Tickets Daily Gauntlet Tickets.
      • The Daily Rewards segment of Gauntlet mode has been cosmetically redesigned to a slight degree, with a new progress bar underneath the Daily Rewards, giving more visibility to this feature.
  • Since the launch of the update (December 16, 21 or 22; 2020), the Rimac Automobili logo has been updated to reflect the current design in real life.
  • The brands Exotic Rides and De Tomaso are now visible in the Brand Filter in the Garage. These changes were noticed in late-January 2021 (the time of writing is February 1, 2021).

Exclusive Vehicles

First New Year Sale

Second New Year Sale

Sale on January 30-31, 2021

Events

  1. Winter Festival (December 25, 2020 - January 4, 2021)
  2. New Start Multiplayer Season (December 31, 2020 - January 25, 2021)
  3. Nissan Leaf NISMO RC Festival (January 8 - 18, 2021)
  4. Koenigsegg Agera RS Festival (January 20 - 30, 2021)
  5. Frostbite 4 Multiplayer Season (January 28 - February 22, 2021)
  6. Exotic Rides W70 Festival (February 1 - 11, 2021)

Gifts

Winter Holidays Gift

Winter Holidays Gift details:

The Mazda Furai was given to all players for free as a Winter Holidays gift from December 25, 2020, up until January 26, 2021.[2] It could be claimed as a free gift in the left-most segment of the Bundles section. Players who previously owned the Furai instead received a gift bundle as the Winter Holidays Gift on January 11, 2021, as compensation. The bundle could be claimed for free from the Bundles section.

Note: The game automatically sent players a notification advising them to claim their Furai gift (unless they had notifications disabled).

Gauntlet Badges Gifts

Gauntlet Badges Gifts details:

Free Gauntlet Badges were gifted to players a few days after the launch of the update (perhaps around December 23), based on their league in the immediately-previous Gauntlet season (which was seemingly terminated early), if applicable. Players received the number of Gauntlet Badges for achieving first place in each respective league, regardless of their position during the previous season, as following:

League Badges
Amateur Gauntlet Badges 200
Challenger Gauntlet Badges 260
Pro Gauntlet Badges 330
Champion Gauntlet Badges 400
Elite Gauntlet Badges 480

Christmas Gifts

Christmas Gifts details:

From December 25 - December 31, 2020, daily gifts were given for logging into the game and consisted of the following:

Social Media Gifts

Social Media Gifts details:

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  • Log onto Facebook and get the Nissan 370Z Special Edition.
  • Players who already have the 370Z SE will get Fusion Coins 90,000 instead.
  • Note: It is unclear whether this gift is permanent (given that the Facebook mandatory login feature is presumably permanent) or will only be available during the 2020 Christmas Update.

Bugs / Glitches

Bugs and glitches are as follows:

Players were compensated for the Tokens Cup issue on January 4, 2021.

Normal Gauntlet gameplay: The ghost is visible and the lap-time is normal.

Buggy Gauntlet gameplay: The ghost is missing and the lap-time is impossibly short due to mismatched tracks.

Players were compensated for the Weekly Tires Cup issue on January 27, 2021. Screenshot one of two.

Players were compensated for the Weekly Tires Cup issue on January 27, 2021. Screenshot two of two.

  • iOS crashes: Players have reported that the game will always crash at the splash loading screen. A temporary solution to this is to turn off and reboot the device before launching the game. [4]
  • Windows, Android: Some players reported that they only received parts of the Christmas Gifts.
    • It is possible to gain compensation for the missing rewards by contacting Gameloft Customer Care with video evidence.
  • Token Cups finish after 24 hours, even though the durations have been shown as two days in the weekly calendar.
    • Gameloft gave players Fusion Coins 20,000 as compensation for an issue relating to a Tokens Cup on January 4, 2021. It is unclear exactly what issue they are referring to, however.
  • Gauntlet Bugs:
    • As of December 28, 2020, the bugs in Gauntlet mode involving missing ghosts and mismatched tracks have resurfaced.
      • These bugs originally appeared in Gauntlet mode when it debuted in late-October 2020 at the beginning of the 2020 Halloween Update. The bugs were soon fixed on November 9, 2020, prior to reappearing in the 2020 Christmas Update.
    • Server connection bugs in Gauntlet are still a major issue and have seemingly gotten worse recently, as of January 31, 2021. Tickets are often depleted before races have even started, usually whilst the player is attempting to enter a race but is having connection issues. When losing a race, it is possible to lose double the normal number of rating points due to connection issues. It is also possible to not gain the daily bonus from Gauntlet races due to connection issues, usually when the player has exited the race after having completed it but before the results have been uploaded. Rating points can be deducted even though the daily bonus has not been rewarded.
  • Weekly Tires Cup: On January 25, 2021, all of the leaderboard data for the Weekly Tires Cup in Timed-Limited Events, which was held on Mountain City Rally, Transylvania, was wiped from Gameloft's servers. Some players who noticed it were able to retry the cup and gain back their rewards, however, many players didn't realise what had happened, and they ended up losing their rewards entirely. Players who did retry the cup generally had to spend extra boosters and Fuel in order to set a new lap-time.
    • On January 27, 2021, players were compensated for their lost rewards with Fusion Coins 10,000 and 10x Common Tires Common Tires. It seems that all players may have been provided with the exact same quantity of compensation rewards.
      • Note: The original maximum rewards of the cup were Credits 10,000 and 19x Common Tires Common Tires.
  • Multiplayer League:
    • Players are increasingly being disqualified from races in Multiplayer League due to connection issues, resulting in the appearance of a "red x" where the increase or decrease in rating points is usually displayed. This "red x" used to be common several years ago, did not appear very often throughout most of 2018 to 2020, and has now become much more frequent as of January 2021 (the time of writing is February 1, 2021).
  • Weekly Suspension Cup: On February 3, 2021, the Weekly Suspension Cup in Timed-Limited Events was inaccessible for players on the Windows PC platform, who were blocked from entering the event by a prompt reading "Event 1 is not available yet" and providing a list of every vehicle in the game, similar to that which can be seen during multi-stage TLEs. The event was seemingly accessible for those players on IOS and Android. Subsequently, Gameloft swapped the glitching cup with a new cup. The track was changed from the initial Classified, Area 51, to The Mirage, Dubai.
    • Note1: It is unclear how the change affected players who had already participated in the glitching cup on IOS and Android before the track was changed.
    • Note2: Some players also complained about similar issues for IOS on the previous day, February 2, 2021, for the preceding Weekly Exhaust Cup. The complaints were made on the Gameloft Forums. The precise nature of the issues is unclear.

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References

Updates for Asphalt 8: Airborne
2013 Original Release (v1.0.0) • Free to Play Update (v1.1.0)
2014 Daily Bonus Update (v1.2.0) • The Great Wall Update (v1.3.0)
Fuel Events Update (v1.4.0) • Dubai Update (v1.5.0)
San Diego Harbor Update (v1.6.0) • Winter Update (v1.7.0)
2015 Decals Update (v1.8.0) • More Than 300 Decals Update (v1.8.1)
Tenerife Update (v1.9.0) • Car Mastery Update (v2.0.0)
Research & Development Update (v2.1.0) • Santa's Gift Update (v2.2.0)
2016 Lunar New Year Update (v2.3.0) • Elite Cars Update (v2.4.0)
Enduro Update (v2.5.0) • Rio de Janeiro Update (v2.6.0)
Multiplayer League Update (v2.7.0) • Championship Update (v2.8.0)
2017 Lunar New Year 2017 Update (v2.9.0) • Car Blueprints Update (v3.0.0)
Porsche Update (v3.1.0) • Motorcycles Update (v3.2.0)
Munich Update (v3.3.0) • Hot Wheels Update (v3.4.0)
2018 Fall Out Boy Update (v3.5.0) • 2018 Spring Update (v3.6.0)

Asphalt Moments Update (v3.7.0) • Fifth Anniversary Update (v3.8.0)
Halloween Update (v3.9.0) • Holiday Update (v4.0.0)

2019 Fast Lane Update (v4.1.0) • 2019 Spring Update (v4.2.0)
Showdown Update (v4.3.0) • Sixth Anniversary Mini Update (v4.4.0)
Sixth Anniversary Update (v4.5.0) • 2019 Halloween Update (v4.6.0)
2019 Holiday Update (v4.7.0)
2020 2020 Lunar New Year Update (v4.8.0) • 2020 Spring Update (v4.9.0)
Formula E Update (v4.9.1) • Fifteenth Anniversary Update (v5.0.0)
Wild Cards Update (v5.1.0) • 2020 Summer Update (v5.2.0)
Seventh Anniversary Update (v5.3.0) • 2020 Halloween Update (v5.4.0)
2020 Christmas Update (v5.5.0)
2021 2021 Lunar New Year Update (v5.6.0)
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