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The 2021 Holiday Update is the 51st update of Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Announcement

In order to ensure Asphalt 8 runs as smoothly and seamlessly as possible, we've successfully made lots of improvements for pure performance and high stability. And yes, by popular demand, the "Claim All" icon is finally live.

So... ready! Steady! Go!

WHAT'S NEW

  • Experience Improved:
    • Major optimisation of game performance and stability
    • Improved stability on devices that previously had issues
  • Fixed major causes of freezes
  • Optimised FPS in pre-race and post-race showcases
  • UI/UX Improvement:
    • By popular demand from the community, a "Claim All" icon has been added to the Festival and it allows you to gather rewards for all completed tasks at once.
    • Improved sorting and visual clarity of events in the Events section of the Play menu.
    • Tuning kit effect is now properly indicated in the Garage section.
    • Free coins and special offers can now be found in the "More Coins" section in the Festival.
    • You can access the Festival directly from the main menu using a new dedicated shortcut.
  • Many other bug fixes and improvements

New Vehicles

The new cars will need the following cards:

Techrules AT96 Track Version Kit Techrules AT96 Track Version Kit – Last checked: Dec 3, 2020
Sale value: Fusion Coins 200
Rarity: Optimal (Class B)
Vehicle: Techrules AT96 Track Version (160 to upgrade)
Availability: Festival Premium reward
Aston Martin Valkyrie Kit Aston Martin Valkyrie Kit – Last checked: Dec 10, 2021
Sale value: Fusion Coins 300
Rarity: Superb (Class S)
Vehicle: Aston Martin Valkyrie (160 to upgrade)
Availability: Festival Premium reward

Game Changes

Gameplay Changes

A8 v6.0 Main Menu.png
A8 v6.0 Festival Main Screen.png
A8 v6.0 Daily Coin Pack.png
A8 v6.0 Festival Claim All.png
A8 v6.0 Hidden Outfit.png

  • The following cars have been rebalanced:
  • The following cars have had their Season 9 race locations changed:
  • Festivals
    • There is a "Claim All" button for unclaimed quests.
      • Coin packs are no longer individually claimable unless only 1 quest has been completed.
      • Coin packs can now be claimed from the pause menu of a race.
      • Unlike the coin packs claimed from an event, the game does not show the player how many coins were received.
      • If more than 10 coins were obtained, the game will only show it as "+10" next to the counter. The actual number of coins received will be added and the counter will be updated.
    • An icon in the main menu allows for immediate access to the event.
      • If there are quests that can be claimed, the icon will only go to the quest screen, not the main screen.
    • A new section called "More Coins" that contains the free daily coin pack and festival bundles.
  • iOS Replaykit has been removed.
  • The Inventory icon is now greyed out until the game connects to the servers.
  • A new avatar outfit called "Royal Contender" (as seen in the profile section) has been added, alongside a corresponding 2D avatar with the same name. The outfit includes a crowned racing helmet, a three piece pinstripe suit, and buckled shoes. The tie, waistcoat buttons, gloves, and buckles are in gold.
    • The avatar set is obtainable from an offer that also includes the Bugatti La Voiture Noire (at stock). The offer costs US $30 and is being marketed as a part of the Black Friday sales. As the offer is based around the car, it is only available for non-owners.
  • It is no longer possible to include set-exclusive items in a custom avatar outfit. Previously, it was possible to mix items from the "Spooker" avatar set, a set that requires all 5 items to be equipped at the same time, with items from the original 16 sets by first equipping the avatar set before selecting the individual items the player wants. The game now shows the default "Airborne" set if the player scrolls through an item type.
    • Since the onesie in the Spooker's outfit went down to the shins, players were previously able to see that the "socks" in the outfit were the pants and by selecting a different torso, there would be a gap between the hips and the socks.
  • The December 17, 2021 hotfix gave each avatar item and outfit a rarity rating. The prices were also adjusted accordingly.
    • Common
      • Airborne
      • Tornado
      • Street Kid
      • Stroller
        • Items in this rarity cost 4,200 Series Badges and give 50 style points. An outfit costs Tokens 1,000 and gives a bonus of 100 style points.
    • Uncommon
      • UFO
      • Terranian 9
      • Bighead
      • Fashionisto
        • Items in this rarity cost 6,300 Series Badges and give 75 style points. An outfit costs Tokens 1,500 and gives a bonus of 250 style points.
    • Rare
      • Cyclops
      • Prodigy
      • Rockabilly
      • Runner
        • Items in this rarity cost 8,500 Series Badges and give 100 style points. An outfit costs Tokens 2,000 and gives a bonus of 500 style points.
    • Epic
      • Rookie
      • Hepcat
      • Glitzy
        • Items in this rarity cost 10,600 Series Badges and give 150 style points. An outfit costs Tokens 2,500 and gives a bonus of 750 style points .
    • Legendary
      • Maestro
      • Spooker
        • Items in this rarity cost ? Series Badges and give 200 style points. An outfit costs Tokens ? and gives a bonus of 1,000 style points.

Cosmetic Changes

A8 v6.0 Festival Quest Screen.png

  • The player's ID number now appears on the loading screen when launching the app and can be copied to the system clipboard by pressing the icon beside it. This same number can also be found in the game's Info > About section, under the current version's build number.
  • The Tuning Kit Tuning Kit and its boosted stats are now shown in the garage again, following their removal during the Eighth Anniversary Update.
  • The cycling animation shown in milestone Ads can now be skipped.
    • This is done by tapping on the reward list during the cycling animation.
      • This prevents the milestone bar from being updated visually until the player goes to a different screen. The milestone reward will still be awarded.
  • Red dots are now used to indicate new items/events.
    • During the Eighth Anniversary Update, green dots were introduced for the first time; the red dots have replaced the green dots.
  • In races that have a class or manufacturer restriction, the game defaults back to the last vehicle used in that class or manufacturer whenever the selection screen is entered.
  • In races that have a recommended rank, a vehicle's upgrade screen shows it as "Required Rank".
  • Festival quests were redesigned:
    • The text has been moved to the far left and overlaps with the symbol indicating the quest type.
    • The "Tap to Go" has been changed to a chevron arrow.
    • The "i" has been removed and tapping on the coin pack now brings up the "Contains up to 8 Festival Coins!" description.
  • When a time-limited event can be claimed, "Claim Reward" now appears in the event's listing.
  • The pre-race cutscene now features ambient sound effects, including audible footsteps from the driver avatars and distortion to the in-game music.
  • In time-limited events, the box showing the player's position no longer has the line separating their position as a percentile and the exact standing.
  • Cars that only feature a single default paint colour no longer display the paint colour as a disc when inspected in the Garage (i.e. it's invisible, as was the case before the Eighth Anniversary Update).
  • Various pieces of text across the game interface have been restyled (i.e. colour, font, etc).
  • The Fuel bar is now visible on the outside of the Events (TLEs) screen.
  • Starting on December 15, Alps, Tokyo, and Iceland are decorated with Christmas scenery objects.

Events

  1. Techrules AT96 Track Version Festival (December 3-13, 2021)
  2. Aston Martin Valkyrie Festival (December 13-23, 2021)

Gifts

A8 v6.0 Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 Kit Reward.png

Bugs / Glitches

  • Inaccessible milestone ads and social network connection: Many players reported that the Milestone Ads are unable to be watched and social network connections are bugged.
    • This was fixed in the 2021 Christmas Update.
  • In Exclusive Metal Events on San Diego Harbor, the sliding walls do not appear.
  • The texture for the Ferrari FXX K's rear diffuser is bugged and appears as white with a carbon fiber weave.
  • If the player pauses and quits the race during the pre-race cutscene with the driver avatars, the sound effects in the menu will have an echo applied and be at a lower volume.
  • In multiplayer, the game may be unable to update the player's points after a race with the post-race results being stuck on the loading icon. The race will not count towards the daily streak or the player's total number of races.
    • Another version can happen where the game shows that the player's points have been updated but after the next race, the game will only count the points from the second race. This can be checked by noting the player's total race count between races.
  • The Techrules AT96 Track Version is incorrectly placed in Class A despite being a Class B car.
    • This was fixed on December 17, 2021.
  • Bugs that still persist:
    • The new pre-race cutscene still shows Azure Coast's original name.
    • Game crashes are still frequent on Windows PC.
    • Players losing some or all in-game data on multiple platforms.
    • The Pagani Huayra BC's built-in decal (a set of stripes running down the middle of the car) has been corrupted ever since the Halloween period of the Eighth Anniversary Update. During that period, the Huayra BC was granted with three decals, the first decals it has ever had. The Huayra BC was presumably not able to equip decals beforehand, and the developers likely corrupted its built-in decal by accident in the process.
    • The incorrect ad reward that arose in the previous update where Tokens 2 would be given instead of the intended reward started occuring again on November 29.
    • Some non-owners did not receive the Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 despite clicking on the banner to obtain it. Despite uninstalling and reinstalling, the game still does not recognize that such players stated are still non-players.
  • The following bugs have been fixed:
    • All exclusive decals were inaccessible during the Eighth Anniversary Update, although any decals that had been equipped beforehand would remain visible. This bug was fixed in this update.
      • Gameloft falsely claimed on Discord that the decals bug had been fixed several weeks prior to the launch of this update, in a hotfix patch.
    • Two decals of the Pininfarina Battista debuted with swapped thumbnails during the Halloween period of the Eighth Anniversary Update. The decals briefly became invisible before being swapped to the correct thumbnail in this update.
    • When the World Series Master Season was introduced in the 2021 Summer Update, it debuted with a banner that depicted a Bugatti La Voiture Noire and Koenigsegg Regera racing in Dubai. This banner was subsequently replaced by the banner of the Classic Season in the Eighth Anniversary Update (i.e. the Master and Classic seasons had the same banner). The original Master Season banner has since been restored in this update.

Post-update screen

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) • 2021 Spring Update (v5.7.0)
2021 Summer Update (v5.8.0) • Eighth Anniversary Update (v5.9.0)
2021 Holiday Update (v6.0.0)
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