Asphalt 9: Legends Coming To Xbox As Franchise Crosses One Billion Downloads

Asphalt 9: Legends is coming soon to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, announced Gameloft. Currently available on iOS, Android, PC, and Switch, the free-to-play racing game will be cross-save and cross-play compatible with the upcoming Xbox release.

News of an Xbox release for Asphalt 9 wasn’t the only big announcement from Gameloft, as the studio also revealed the Asphalt franchise has seen more than one billion downloads across all platforms. First launched in 2005, the racing series has been a staple on mobile devices for years, and has even found its way onto Nintendo DS, PC, and even the clunky old N-Gage.

“For over 20 years, Gameloft has been on the forefront of what players could experience on mobile devices, and just over 15 years ago we kicked off a franchise that has remained a core series to us, Asphalt,” said Thomas Aurick, VP of Creation at Gameloft. “In the years since, we transformed Asphalt into the most readily-accessible racing franchise in the world. This is only just the beginning for Asphalt, and with the impending launch of Asphalt 9: Legends on the Xbox platform, we further commit to bring anyone, on whatever gaming platform a racing experience beyond imagination. This is the Gameloft of today.”

In addition, both Asphalt 8: Airborne and Asphalt 9: Legends will be holding limited-time events to celebrate the one billion download milestone. The festivities begin on April 26, although specific details are yet to be announced.

Asphalt 9: Legends first arrived on iOS and Android back in 2018, with a subsequent release on Switch in 2019. It’ll probably feature a completely reworked graphics engine on Xbox Series X|S – although it looks surprisingly great for a three-year-old mobile game. Gameloft is yet to reveal specific plans for the upcoming Xbox version, but we expect to hear more in the coming weeks and months.

The racing genre is among the most crowded on the mobile marketplace, with titles such as Mario Kart Tour, KartRider Rush+, and the recently announced Racing Master vying for space on players’ phones. Asphalt has long been a staple of the genre, and it’ll be interesting to see how it fairs on the latest generation of consoles.

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