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Asphalt 8: Airborne is almost here

All right racing fans here it is. The second trailer for Gameloft’s upcoming Asphalt 8 Airborne has just been revealed, featuring even more airtime, more cars and juicy crashes. Asphalt 8 was the game of choice to demonstrate the capabilities of Google’s newest device, the Nexus 7 tablet, featured last week at the Google Android event that took place in San Francisco.

Asphalt 8 will be optimized to use the OpenGL ES 3.0 features of the Nexus 7, including the High Definition Retina display support that can deliver up to 1920×1200 pixels.

So why “Airborne”? Because thanks to its new physics engine, Asphalt 8 will allow us to perform incredible stunts, jumps and crashes that will take the series on a whole new level. Content-wise the game offers 180 events, 47 cars, online simultaneous multiplayer action and asynchronous challenges. Gameloft also announced that Asphalt 8 will fully support Google’s new Game Services, offering achievements, leaderboards and cloud saving.

Judging by the trailer and the screenshots from the game, graphics have been improved compared to Asphalt 7 and are nearing console grade quality, but can they take on NFS Most Wanted and Real Racing 3? We will have to wait to find out.

The game will be available across multiple platforms and the exact release date remains unknown, but it should be out by the end of the next month. If you somehow missed the first trailer, you can still find it here.