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The San Diego Harbor Update, also the Metal Update, is an update in Asphalt 8: Airborne. It was released in September 2014. This update added a new track, San Diego Harbor, as well as Metal graphics effects initially available only on iOS 8+ versions of the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display.

Announcement

The following text was published on the Apple Store:

Discover the BIGGEST update for Asphalt 8: Airborne since it launched!

  • Push the pedal to the Metal!
    • Play on an iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or on iOS 8-updated versions of iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display to enjoy AMAZING visual enhancements and enter a new gaming dimension!
  • Discover the high-speed heat of San Diego Harbor.
    • Take off from an aircraft carrier and dodge helicopters while taking in the sights!
  • 5 new cars to master
  • Multiplayer Events
    • You asked for it, and here is it. Race head-to-head for the ultimate rewards!
  • Exclusive Metal Season
    • Experience the exhilaration of racing against 3 TIMES as many opponents as any other Asphalt game! A season ONLY accessible on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus or on iOS 8-updated versions of iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini with Retina display

For iOS, an additional v1.6.2 Halloween-based update was launched on October 28, 2014:

Brace yourselves: Halloween is coming, and in Asphalt 8, the monsters of speed are ready!

  • Terrify other players by infecting them in the Infected Mode of our Halloween Special Multiplayer Event!
  • Crazy about Time-Limited Events? We've got 2 different events every day of the week where you can win awesome prizes!
  • Test the Koenigsegg One:1 FOR FREE... The fastest car in the game is here to stay!
  • Twitch broadcasting functionality has been restored. Show off your Asphalt 8 skills on your Twitch channel!

New Cars

Class B
Class A
Class S

The new cars will need the following engine cards (note that the Pro Kit system does not exist until the Winter Update):

  • V8 Engine
    • Savage Rivale GTR (x12)
  • Hybrid Engine
    • Peugeot Onyx (x36)
  • Forced-Induction V8
    • Koenigsegg One:1 (x44)
  • V12 Engine
    • Maserati MC12 (x4)
  • Rotary Engine
    • Mazda Furai (x28)

Game Changes

Diego update
  • New location added: San Diego Harbor.
    • New Career Mode events in San Diego Harbor and Dubai added to Seasons 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
  • Dubai tracks added to Quick Solo Race.
  • AI rank glitches from the Dubai Update fixed.
  • New Event type: Multiplayer Events. These involve up to 8 or 12 players playing the event as many times as possible to try to win prizes.
  • Ramp designs on all tracks have been reverted back to their respective original designs instead of using the design used for The Great Wall.
  • Metal Technology implemented onto the game. It is supported on high-end iOS devices (e.g. iPhone 6/6 Plus, iPad Air, etc.) running iOS 8 or higher and was later made available on high-end Windows devices/PCs and compatible Android devices in the Car Mastery Update and Summer's Over Update, respectively.
    • Metal Technology introduces new Metal Effects, extra special graphic effects that include Perfect Nitro flame trails, water/snow on lens, blue air trails, rain/snow, etc.
    • Also introduced along Metal Technology is Exclusive Metal Events. These races take full advantage of the Metal Technology by implementing 24-car races among various tracks (except Tokyo and Westminster Bridge).
  • The price of the Asphalt Premium Pack consisting of the Jaguar C-X75 and Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT Coupé Final Edition has been reduced by 33⅓ to US$19.99.
  • Another new generic tire compound is introduced in this update, with the markings of "XX-F/Y 2334" and "XXVV4558ZZ".

Metal Effects Examples

NOTE: These screenshots were taken in later updates, but the graphics are still the same as in late 2014.

Trivia

  • This is the last update to introduce Premium cars, as the Winter Update introduced a new hard currency.
  • The icon for this update features the Koenigsegg One:1.
    • This is the first update whose icon features a new car introduced in the update itself as opposed to the update before it.
    • The One:1 featured on this icon has a red color that is otherwise not selectable in the actual game.

Trailer

Asphalt 8 - Discover the Metal Technology!-0

Asphalt 8 - Discover the Metal Technology!-0

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) • Transylvania Update (v4.0.0)