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The Holiday Update, also known as the Transylvania Update, is the 30th update for Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Announcement

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Celebrate the holiday season by unwrapping this new update to Asphalt 8, filled with a new environment, fresh events, and enough new rides to bring holiday cheer to racers everywhere!

**What’s New**

SNOWFLURRY FESTIVAL
Welcome to the new Snowflurry Festival event! We're introducing a lot of all-new, all-fun activities and quests for you to complete everywhere in the game -- and of course, new prizes for the victors!

WELCOME TO TRANSYLVANIA
We're dedicated to delivering the best new racetracks we can, so get ready to brave the risky mountain roads and gorgeous medieval landscapes of Transylvania!

NISSAN 370Z SPECIAL EDITION
This classic Nissan race car is returning to the game -- this time with improved stats and a stylish new look! Catch this sweet new ride once it appears in the upcoming R&D Event.

WINTER HOLIDAY R&D
The Lamborghini Centenario -- the famous 770 HP, fully carbon hypercar -- is speeding into Asphalt 8 this winter! Check out our exclusive Winter R&D Event to add this car to your Lamborghini collection!

NEW MOTORCYCLE
Ride the Lightning LS-218. This superb motorcycle will arrive in the game with its own special event shortly. Check the game often for details!

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!
The winter spirit -- and winter decorations -- are back to make the game even cooler. We couldn't be happier to celebrate the holidays with you!

DIRECTIONAL STEERING
Handle your vehicle with unmatched precision using a brand-new Directional Steering control scheme.

New Vehicles

The new vehicles will need the following engine cards:

  • V6 Engine
    • Nissan 370Z Special Edition (x36)
  • V8 Engine
    • Infiniti Vision GT (x52)
  • V-Twin Engine
    • Ducati XDiavel S (x16)
  • V12 Engine
    • Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 (x28)
  • i6 Engine
    • TVR Sagaris Special Edition (x56)
  • Legendary Electric Engine
    • Lightning LS-218 (x24)
  • V12 MPI Engine
    • Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 (x60)

Game Changes

Gameplay Changes

V12 MPI engine
A8 Directional Steering
Post Transylvania Achivements

Cosmetic Changes

A8 v4.0 R&D Main Screen
  • Out of bounds messages removed.
    • The warnings displayed when the player went off the track ("Stay on the road to win the race!", "Your ride is not a submarine!") no longer show up.
  • New app icon of the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4.
    • This icon has a bright silver reflective background as opposed to the white background with small road pieces used by many other icons for the game.
  • Iceland, Tokyo, and the Alps are decorated with Christmas scenery objects once again until January 2019.
  • In-game advertising of Asphalt 9: Legends was re-enabled from December 13, 2018, although the extra pre-race cinematics are no longer present.
  • The Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 R&D has a new Winter theme.
  • In the main screen for R&D events, an informational button repeating the introductory slides is now added, just like with the other Special Event types.
  • The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 was renamed to Lamborghini Aventador Coupé in the v4.0.1 update. However, not all platforms saw this change.
    • This is likely due to Lamborghini dropping the "LP A-B" naming convention with cars after the Centenario LP 770-4.

Exclusive Vehicles

Note: The availability of the vehicles will vary for each player

Events

  1. Lamborghini Murciélago LP 640 Championship December 13, 2018
  2. Holiday Rush Multiplayer Season December 13, 2018
  3. Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4 R&D December 21, 2018
  4. Snowflurry Festival December 24, 2018 & February 1, 2019
  5. Infiniti Vision GT R&D December 29, 2018
  6. Asphalt Moments Series January 4, 2019 - 31 Days Limit
    1. Arash AF10 R&D - 12 Days
    2. Apollo N Championship - 7 Days
    3. Falcon F7 EDD - 9 Days
    4. Mazda RX-8 Special Edition R&D - 9 Days
    5. Vanda Electrics Dendrobium Championship - 10 Days
    6. Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren 722 Edition EDD - 9 Days
    7. Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe Touring Car 2014 R&D - 12 Days
    8. Ariel Atom V8 Championship - 7 Days
    9. Weber Faster One EDD - 8 Days
  7. Nissan 370Z Special Edition R&D January 10, 2019
  8. Winter Wonder 3 Multiplayer Season January 10, 2019
  9. Lightning LS-218 EDD January 17, 2019
  10. Ducati XDiavel S R&D January 24, 2019
  11. TVR Sagaris Special Edition R&D February 1, 2019
  12. Frostbite 3 Multiplayer Season February 7, 2019

Bugs / Glitches

  • The following glitches still persist from the 2018 Spring Update:
    • Delayed loading (Android, partially fixed)
    • Gameplay lag (Android)
    • Aggressive AI after restarting races
    • No loading screen when replaying/restarting races (re-enabled yet again when online)
  • The following glitches still persist from the Halloween Update:
  • Loading screen music: When a Transylvania track is loaded, in-game race music begins to prematurely play before loading has finished.
  • Optimal split/shuffle box: When a player gets one of these boxes from daily ads and has a full inventory, a message of failed synchronization appears. The boxes are still rewarded and appear in the inventory though. The issue was resolved after update 4.0.1.
  • No Festival Coins in Tokyo and Transylvania: Races do not have any Festival coins to get and the coin counter does not appear.
  • Transylvania respawn glitch: Should the player wreck at the fence near the castle and successfully go out of the track in King's Highway, the player will respawn inside the castle, allowing for a shorter lap time.
  • No keeping Quality Check interface: If the main goal of an R&D test is failed on a subsequent attempt, the game will not give the player the option of paying tokens to save quality checks.

Fixes

  • The following glitch(es) have been fixed:
    • No Hyundai i30 N Elite performance degradation
    • Gameplay lag (Windows)
    • Infected Maserati MC12 to Maserati Alfieri
    • R&D Quality Checks counter
    • Missing VIP bonuses during offline races
    • Missing title bar name on Windows
    • No stunt meter on motorcycles in a replayed offline race

Trailers

A8 Holiday Update Trailer - Welcome to Transylvania!

A8 Holiday Update Trailer - Welcome to Transylvania!

A8 Holiday Update - What's new!

A8 Holiday Update - What's new!

Post-Update Screen

v4.0.2

Released on January 30, 2019, this update adds the TVR Sagaris Special Edition and its Research & Development event.

Announcement

LUNAR NEW YEAR R&D

Happy Lunar New Year! To celebrate, we're giving you a special "Year of the Pig Edition" of one of the top B-Class cars! Stay tuned!

Trivia

  • This update has the following firsts:
  • This update and the Santa's Gift Update are the only updates of Asphalt 8: Airborne where more than one Lamborghini car was added.
    • Coincidentally, both updates were released in the month of December, in 2015 and 2018, respectively.
    • While the 2016 Lunar New Year Update added two Lamborghini cars, said update does not count as such due to one of them being postponed to the subsequent update.
  • This update continues the Fifth Anniversary Update's trends of adding a vehicle whose debut was in Asphalt 9: Legends into Asphalt 8: Airborne, as well as releasing a bike which was postponed indefinitely due to licensing-related reasons.
  • This update has the highest number of relaunched events, with 9, all of them being part of the Asphalt Moments series.
    • This update continues the tradition of being an update which has a higher percentage of relaunched events over new events (56% / 44%), following the Halloween Update.
  • With the Lamborghini Centenario LP 770-4's appearance on the Transylvania Update app icon, Lamborghini is the manufacturer featured in the most Asphalt 8: Airborne app icons to date, with six of them (one featuring the Lamborghini Veneno, two featuring the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4, and another two featuring the Lamborghini Egoista).
  • This update is the last update to include free upgrades as rewards in R&Ds.
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)
2019 Summer Update (v4.3.0)