Legends revealed in explosive debut trailer

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Update (06/04): Gameloft has confirmed that Asphalt 9: Legends will rev its way onto Android devices this summer. The game will be shown next week at the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles ahead of a global launch in the coming months.

The next installment in the racing series, which is also coming to iOS and PC, looks set to deliver the same cutting-edge graphics and performance we’ve come to expect but with a few major changes in the gameplay department.

The biggest change is “Touchdrive”  a new control scheme where players swipe left or right to turn and ram into opponents while the car otherwise drives itself. If this new more strategic gameplay style isn’t to your liking you can always switch back over to the series’ standard motion controls.

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Original post (02/27): It’s somehow been almost five years since the launch of the last main entry in Gameloft’s prolific Asphalt series. But now, after several spin-offs, the popular racing franchise is roaring back onto the grid with Asphalt 9: Legends.

The true sequel to Asphalt 8: Airborne was revealed yesterday in a debut trailer (above) that is jam-packed with high-octane races, crazy tricks, slow-motion crashes, and the kind of ridiculously impressive visuals we’ve come to expect from the series.

The game will feature over 50 real hypercars from the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini and more, as well as 70 race tracks based on real-world locations, each with a unique layout of ramps and hazards.

Players can take part in the game’s Career mode which takes place over a whopping 800 races, or take on up to eight other racers in real time in the World Series Multiplayer mode. One major new addition is the Club feature, where you can create and join communities and work together towards milestones for group rewards.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing Asphalt 9: Legends has only been confirmed for iOS devices following a soft launch in the Philippines (thanks, Droid Gamers). We’ve reached out to Gameloft to see if there’s any word on an Android release and will update this post when we hear back.