The Debut of the Multiplayer World Series
Asphalt 8: Airborne was originally a paid game, available for IOS and Android. It was based on several previous editions of the Asphalt Series. Asphalt 8: Airborne was released on August 22, 2013, for those two platforms.
Free to Play Update
On November 4, 2013, the Free to Play Update was released on IOS. The Free to Play Update added five cars to the original 46, leaving the total car count at 51, with 11 Class D cars, 10 Class C cars, 12 Class B cars, 11 Class A cars, and 7 Class S cars. Multiplayer World Series and Time-Limited Events also debuted during this update.
On November 13, 2013, Asphalt 8: Airborne, was released on Windows. Because of this, the Windows version of Asphalt 8: Airborne started out with 51 total cars, and with both Time-Limited Events and the World Series implemented.
Multiplayer World Series
Originally the Multiplayer system had very good matchmaking, with rank-spreads being small and with Class restrictions. For example, a Class D car could not be matched against a Class A car, but a high-end Class B car could be matched against a low-end Class A car.
The Multiplayer World Series was free to enter, and it gave free Class Upgrades (which were also specifically for acceleration, top speed, handling, or nitro) if Streaks were won. To win a streak, you had to come at least third in nine games in a row. You also received three intermediate rewards, probably consisting of a few credits or boosters.
Rating points existed at the time. The default rating was 1000 and rating points could be gained or lost. However, rating points had no effect on Gameplay.
Boosters (Tuning Kit)
This was another feature that was introduced during the Free to Play Update. At the time, Pro Kits didn't exist, but MAX upgrades did. For that reason, the Tuning Kit is only affected by MAX upgrades. The Tuning Kit adds the equivalent performance of the next MAX upgrade for each statistic.
The First Multiplayer Cars
Mercedes-Benz Silver Lightning, DS Survolt, Renault CLIO R.S 200 EDC, Dodge Dart GT
Most of the original cars in the game have fairly mediocre stats. They cannot be Multiplayer tuned very well. However, one car, in particular, the Renault CLIO R.S, is actually able to be Multiplayer tuned reasonably effectively, with a nitro-based tune. It seems, though, that not many people knew how to Multiplayer tune cars at the time, so the Renault CLIO R.S. was seldom used.
The most popular car for Multiplayer at the time was the DS Survolt. The DS Survolt is not very effective when Multiplayer tuned, but it is much more powerful than the other original cars with the same rank. The DS Survolt's superb acceleration and nitro efficiency leave cars like the Aston Martin DB9 Coupe and Maserati GranTurismo Sport in the dust.
The Silver Lightning was acceptable for use in Multiplayer. It was the best Class S car, in general, because the Koenigsegg Agera R has worse acceleration and worse nitro efficiency.
The Dodge Dart GT was (and still is) decent for Multiplayer if used at the default rank.
W Motors Lykan HyperSport, Pagani Huayra, Ferrari LaFerrari (Daily Bonus)
On January 8, 2014, the second update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne. This update included two new Class King; the Ferrari LaFerrari and the W Motors Lykan HyperSport. The Huayra was also a decent competitor for the Lykan, Silver Lightning and LaFerrari.
All of these cars, being Class Kings, were acceptable for use in Multiplayer when Maxed Out.
SSC Tuatara, McLaren P1, Ford F-150 (Great Wall)
On March 20, 2014, the third update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne. This update included two new Class Kings; the McLaren P1 and the SSC Tuatara.
Both of these cars gave competition for the Lykan and the LaFerrari when Maxed Out.
The Ford F-150 was also released in this update. It was the first taste of what an "overpowered" Multiplayer car would be like. Tuned for MAX nitro, the Ford F-150 was decent for Multiplayer but it lacked a long-lasting nitro.
Hennessey Venom GT (Fuel Events)
On June 18, 2014, the fourth update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne. In this update, the Hennessey Venom was released; the new king of Class S. It was decent for Multiplayer when Maxed Out.
During this update, event mechanics were changed. Instead of having to rent cars manually, the fuel feature was added.
The Extra Tank booster debuted during this update.
The First King of Multiplayer
Mercedes-Benz Biome, SSC Ultimate Aero XT (Dubai)
On August 27, 2014, the fifth update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne. In this update, there were many important additions
Firstly, Season 9: Beyond was added. This allowed for efficient credits-grinding with Maxed Out cars. Secondly, Dubai was added; this map made farming extremely efficient. Thirdly, the number of laps could be voted for in a Multiplayer lobby. This was an extremely important change.
In this update, the Mercedes-Benz Biome was added to the game. The Biome was extremely overpowered, with a much higher top speed than all of its competition. It could be Multiplayer tuned to a lower rank, or it could be used at MAX + PRO, where it benefitted from a Season 9 race located in Dubai, allowing for extremely efficient credits-grinding.
The Biome had a very low starting rank compared to other cars, allowing it to be Multiplayer tuned. This also gave it a very large Tuning Kit bonus. Additionally, the Biome has a very high raw top speed in relation to its nitro, which contributes to its high total speed. The Biome is also unique in that it has a very efficient nitro, despite the stat being very small (the Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS has followed this stats-design). The Biome's handling is the best in the game, allowing it to pass through all corners with ease (combined with micro-drifting). The Biome also has decent acceleration.
The SSC Ultimate Aero XT was also added in this update. It is slower than the Hennessey Venom GT but it has better acceleration.
Koenigsegg One:1, Peugeot Onyx (San Diego)
On September 29, 2014, the sixth update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne. The Koenigsegg One:1, the new king of Class S, was released in this update. The Onyx, another Class S competitor, was released in this update.
Pro Kits, Tokens and the Renault DeZir (and 500 km/h)
9FF GT9 VMAX, Felino cB7, Renault DeZir (Winter, 2014-2015)
On January 4, 2015, the seventh update was released for Asphalt 8: Airborne.
This update introduced Tokens, a new "pay-to-win" currency. The Renault DeZir was subsequently added to the game; a new overpowered low-ranked car. The DeZir dethroned the Ford F-150 at low ranks, and it's currently still the king of Multiplayer below rank 850.
Pro Kits were also added to the game, complicating Multiplayer tuning and making certain cars extremely overpowered. It is favourable for a car to have a low starting rank, high MAX rank and small PRO rank increase. The perfect example of this is the Renault DeZir. Pro Kits do not affect the Tuning Kit bonus.
The Felino cB7 was essentially an upgraded DS Survolt. It could rival most cars in Multiplayer apart from the Biome. An unboosted Biome could outrun a triple-boosted Felino. The Felino was the new king of Class C.
The VMAX was also added to the game in this update, as the new king of Class S (but it has been removed from the game as of the Porsche Update; only previous owners can own the car).
Ferrari 330 P4 and Ferrari Enzo Ferrari (Decals)
Sometime during March 2015, the eighth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released. This update introduced many decals and many new Ferraris. The fastest-ever Ferrari, the Ferrari Enzo Ferrari, was added to the game during this update, dethroning the VMAX in Class S and in the entire game. The Enzo was a big step closer towards the 500 km/h mark. The P4 was also added to the game, as a rival for the One:1, VMAX and Enzo. The P4 was the new king of Class A by a huge margin, defining a new era for Class A.
Nothing - More Than 300 Decals
More decals were added to the game.
HTT Plethore LC 750, ONUK Sazan LM (Tenerife)
During May 2015, the tenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
In this update, the 500 km/h mark was finally breached by the Plethore.
The ONUK Sazan also gave decent competition for the Biome, which was still the king of Multiplayer.
A New Era - The Cobra, TRION, and Camaro SS (and R&Ds)
Shelby Cobra 427, Datsun 280Z, Camaro Z/28 (Car Mastery)
On July 13, 2015, Asphalt 8: Airborne players finally received a car that could rival or even defeat the Biome, in the eleventh update for the game.
The Cobra, at MAX + PRO, was tough competition for the Biome, with better acceleration but worse drifting and nitro efficiency. The Cobra's speed is similar to the Biome at MAX + PRO.
When used with a lower-ranked tune, the Cobra's true strength was revealed. If used at a lower rank, the Cobra could defeat any car at the same rank, without boosters activated. The Cobra dominated from rank 1100 to rank 1600.
Car Mastery was introduced in this update, as a way to obtain the Cobra and many other exclusive rewards. A new "currency" called Licenses (similar to Stars) was added. The Cobra is unlockable with 1050 Licenses, which are obtainable from Mastery Challenges.
The Camaro Z/28, a new rival for the DeZir and F-150 at ranks 600 to 900, was also added to the game. The Datsun 280Z was a decent Multiplayer Car at higher ranks, near 900-1200.
Research & Development and the SUBARU IMPREZA WRX STI (Research & Development)
On September 30, 2015, the twelfth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update didn't actually introduce any Research & Development cars, but it was in preparation for those cars.
The IMPREZA was added as yet another rival for the Renault DeZir.
TRION NEMESIS, Renault Sport R.S. 01, Lamborghini Asterion, Toyota Supra RZ (Mark IV), Range Rover Evoque Coupe HSE Dynamic (Santa's Gift)
On December 16, 2015, the thirteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update introduced two Class S kings; the TRION NEMESIS and the Renault Sport R.S. 01. The Renault Sport was the king of speed, while the TRION had much better stats overall, despite being slower.
The Asterion was yet another opponent designed to cripple the Biome, which was now becoming obsolete. The Supra was a decent rival for the Biome, as well, and was also the new king of Class C.
The Range Rover Evoque was a new rival for the Cobra and DeZir, dominating in a tight bracket between rank 950 and 1100.
Chevrolet 2016 Camaro SS, Lamborghini Estoque, Holden Coupe 60, Rinspeed zaZen, ED Design Torq, Volkswagen Beetle Turbo (Lunar New Year 2016)
On February 4, 2016, the fourteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update introduced a car that rivalled the Cobra; the Camaro SS. The Camaro SS has an absurdly huge gap between its stock and max ranks, as well as an extremely high raw top speed. At the time, the Camaro SS dominated ranks from 1300 to 1600, pushing the Cobra into the tight 1100 to 1300 bracket, and completely removing the Biome from the Multiplayer scene.
The Estoque and Holden were two very powerful rivals for the Camaro SS, beating it with acceleration, drifting and handling, but losing to it with speed.
The Rinspeed zaZen was yet another rival for the Biome, although it arrived on the scene as an obsolete car because of the Camaro SS. The Asterion was also dethroned by the Estoque, Holden and Camaro SS.
The ED Design Torq, the new king of Class C, gave decent "underdog" competition for the Cobra and Evoque in Multiplayer.
The Volkswagen Beetle gave yet more competition for the Renault DeZir below rank 800.
Elite Cars and Enduro Double Downs
Devel Sixteen Prototype, BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage, Honda Integra Type-R, Mitsubishi Eclipse. (Elite Cars)
On March 31, 2016, the fifteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update introduced the Elite Tuning system, which complicated Multiplayer Tuning even further. Elite Tuning allows cars to be improved in specific statistics, at the cost of breaking down after 3-4 races.
The Devel Sixteen Prototype was added in this update; a car with absurdly high speed but horrible acceleration, drifting and handling. The TRION still dominated in most Class S TLEs apart from those in Tokyo.
The Hommage was added as a new rival for the Camaro SS. The Hommage pushed the Camaro down to the 1300-1500 rank zone. At MAX + PRO, the Hommage was now the best car in the entire game and in Class A.
The Integra and Eclipse were yet more underdog rivals for the Cobra, competing similarly to the Torq.
The Mazda RX-8 was introduced as the new king of Class D. It hasn't been dethroned yet. The Mazda 6 was yet another decent rival for the DeZir in Multiplayer at ranks near 900.
Enduro Double Down and Mercedes-AMG Track Cars (Enduro)
On June 8, 2016, the sixteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update saw the introduction of Enduro Double Downs; an Event system similar to Research & Development.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe Touring Car 2014 and Mercedes-AMG GT3 were added in this update. Both are decent for Multiplayer, though inferior to even the Holden Coupe 60. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is also the current king of Class B, rivalling the Holden Coupe 60.
The Nissan Juke Nismo and nanoFlowcell QUANTINO were also added in this update; both are decent rivals to the Mazda 6, which is slightly worse than the Renault DeZir and Range Rover Evoque at rank 900.
Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe and Donkervoort D8 GTO (Rio de Janeiro)
On July 27, 2016, the seventeenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
The GLC Coupe was a new rival for the Evoque and Cobra, while the Donkervoort was a slow car with extremely fast acceleration which competed at similar ranks.
Login Rewards and the V.I.P. system were also added in this update.
Multiplayer League, Championships and the Vulcan
Multiplayer League, the Icona Vulcano V12 Hybrid and the TVR Sagaris (Multiplayer League)
On October 12, 2016, the eighteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update completely changed Multiplayer forever. Now Multiplayer ratings actually matter; rating points can now give you special rewards consisting of exclusive cars, and Multiplayer is now split into five Leagues.
Multiplayer matchmaking was also changed drastically, to allow for overpowered cars to dominate even further, due to large rank spreads in matchmaking.
The TVR Sagaris was added as another rival for the Holden and Estoque.
The Icona was added as a rival for the Hommage, TRION and Devel.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 AMG Racing Series was added as the new king of Class C.
Arash AF10, Aston Martin Vulcan, Mosler Land Shark, McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, McLaren M14A, BMW M2 (Championship)
On December 14, 2016, the nineteenth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This update introduced many new Multiplayer Kings. The Aston Martin Vulcan and McLaren Mercedes MP4-25, which were both added in this update, are both extremely effective in Multiplayer between ranks 1500 and 1800, competing against the Hommage. Both are also class kings on medium/short maps (the Vulcan is the king of Class S on most long maps apart from Tokyo).
The BMW M2, a new rival for the Cobra, was also added in this update. It is equal to the Cobra between ranks 1200 and 1300, and it is superior to the Cobra and Evoque between ranks 1100 and 1200.
The Arash AF10 and Mosler Land Shark are two underdog rivals for the Vulcan, also introduced in this update.
Championships, yet another Event system similar to Enduro Double Downs and Research and Development, were introduced. Two new Championships were added, including that for the MP4-25 and that for the McLaren M14A. The McLaren M14A is a decent underdog rival for the BMW M2 and Cobra.
Stretching the Limits of Multiplayer - The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition
Lamborghini Aventador SV, Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition, McLaren MP4/8 (Lunar New Year 2017)
On January 25, 2017, the twentieth update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
The Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG Special Edition, an extremely overpowered car with a starting rank of 885 and finishing rank of 1776, as well as a massive raw top speed statistic and with Elite Tuning, was added to the game. The SLK SE is a fake car; it does not exist in real life. It is a "special edition" of the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG, which is also in the game, with a rooster decal celebrating the Chinese New Year. The SLK SE is a replacement for the nerfed 1967 Chevrolet Impala.
The Aventador SV was also introduced in this update, as yet another competitor at the 1800 rank. The McLaren MP4/8 was the third Championship-unlockable car; it is another competitor for the Camaro SS and it is also a new king of Class B.
The Renault Alpine Celebration was added as the new king of Class C. The Buick Avista Concept and the nerfed 1967 Chevrolet Impala were added as two "underdog" kings of Class D; still behind the Mazda RX-8 in performance.
McLaren MP4-31, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, SIN R1, and Blueprints (Car Blueprints)
On March 29, 2017, the twenty-first update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
The MP4-31 and Corvette GS were added as new Class Kings (on specific maps); the former for Class S on Dubai, and the latter for Class A on most maps (alongside the SLK SE).
The SIN R1 was added as a new Multiplayer king, competing with the Vulcan, Hommage and MP4-25.
Car Blueprints were added; this allows players to win parts of a car. This is very useful for TLEs, Special Events (Only some of them), and Multiplayer League; players can now receive parts of the car if they don't come in the top 100 (the alternative is receiving nothing). These cards are stored alongside Pro Kit cards.
The Sbarro Sparta and Ferrari GTC4Lusso were added as new class kings. The Sparta is the king of Class C in every map, while the Lusso is the king of Class B in Tokyo. The Lotus Evora Sport 410 was also added as a decent Class B car for TLEs and as a decent car for Multiplayer; it competes with the Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe.
The Porsche Update and the Beginning of the Licensing Saga
Porsche 918 Spyder, Porsche 959 (Porsche)
On June 6, 2017, the twenty-second update for Asphalt 8: Airborne was released.
This highly anticipated update, which was made possible by the expiry of a special licensing contract between EA and Porsche AG that had lasted for about 16 years up until December 2016, was hyped from as early as March-April 2017.
In this update, many new features were added to the game. The menu layout was highly improved. A new "Brand Filter" was added to the Garage and to Season 9 races. A new Exclusive Deal was added that always costs Credits, taking up a new fourth slot alongside the original three Token-purchasable deals.
Also, in this update, five brand-new Porsches were added to the game. Among these was the Porsche 959, which served very well in the mid/low-ranks of Multiplayer for several months (dethroning the Evoque and DeZir in the 900-1100 rank zone), and which is still decent. Also, the Porsche 918 Spyder was an Elite high-end Class S car, decent at the 1600-1800 ranks in Multiplayer.
- Main article: Porsche/Licensing Issues
Unfortunately, four older cars, which were sometimes referred to as "imitation Porsches" or "fake Porsches", were removed from the game (you got to keep them if you already owned them) at the request of Porsche AG. Furthermore, another two cars made by Toyota Motors Inc. were also removed from the game, after Toyota randomly started following in the footsteps of Porsche.