Gameloft on Monday announced the latest entry in the long-running Asphalt series, having debuted it in the form of Asphalt 9: Legends, a new racing mobile game planned to launch on Android smartphones and tablets this summer. After an offroad experiment with Asphalt Xtreme, Gameloft is returning the franchise to its urban roots, with the upcoming game promising to offer tracks spanning a wide variety of exotic locations throughout the world's most famous cities. The same goes for vehicles, with Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, and Bugatti being among the elite manufacturers whose models have already been confirmed as featured in Asphalt 9: Legends.
The next addition to the iconic franchise still doesn't have a firm release date attached to it but will be showcased at E3 next week. Fans of the series can sign up for Gameloft's official newsletter meant to help them stay in the loop about new developments related to the game by referring to the banner below. The Vivendi-owned company revealed Asphalt games amassed over 650 million downloads to date, with the series being set to celebrate its fourteenth anniversary this November. Besides Android, Asphalt 9: Legends will also be launching on iOS and Windows 10, presumably simultaneously.
Gameloft built an entirely new engine for its next game, with the framework in question also being expected to power future installments in the franchise. HDR graphics are said to be a large focus of the next Asphalt title, together with intuitive controls that have now been revamped but will once again be customizable. The arcade nature of the series should remain unchanged as the developer is already talking about barrel rolls and similar stunts, though the "Touchdrive" control scheme should also add an element of strategy to the established gameplay formula but details on the matter remain scarce. Asphalt 9: Legends will offer single-player racing and online multiplayer for up to eight players, with Gameloft promising social integration and regular in-game events meant to incentivize people to stay engaged with the mobile game.