With iOS 8 rolling out right now, there's plenty of games getting updates for the new iOS. And with the new Metal graphics library rolling out, Gameloft has decided to update Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] with support for Metal. For the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina, along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this means that the game is going to look better than ever. But spiffier graphics aren't the only thing: there's a new Metal-exclusive season that's been added to the game, which boasts a large number of opponents – three times as many as any other Asphalt game. Race all the cars!

And speaking of cars, it wouldn't be a car game update without new cars, and there's five new ones in this update, including the Koenigsegg One: 1 and Maserati MC12. As well, a new San Diego Harbor area, featuring an aircraft carrier and helicopters to dodge in midair are now in the game.

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Asphalt 8 being one of the first Metal games is not a surprise – it was the first mobile game to use Twitch streaming, after all, so it being one of the initial Metal titles just makes perfect sense. Update's out now on the App Store.

  • Spooky

    So is the ipad '4' not included re: metal with iOS8?

    • Spooky

      Ignore me. Just A7 devices.

  • Anonomation

    Hah! My iPhone 4 is crying in its little corner in the old devices home.

    I feel so restricted right now, imagine how many people you could prove wrong with thee console like graphics!

    • Spooky

      I'm going to have to stick this back onto the 5s now. Unsure if I want to upgrade to a new ipad late this year / next year. ipad4 still doing the business but Metal might really start to kick in and change gaming enough to drive my green eyed envy to lighting my wallet.

  • asdtfdr

    still not running at native iPad Air resolution..

    • Donny K76

      Thanks for letting me know, was about to update, will hold off...

    • Kamran Mackey

      What do you mean by not running at the Native iPad Air resolution? The game is still really playable.

  • http://entrepreneurialblog.com Niclas Johansson

    Bring on Bioshock!

    • comiclegregblade

      Remember they will have to build the game from the ground up to allow metal to be used and it's the Dev decision but watch all the bad reviews of people thinking that metal can support non-A7 (and A8 for the iPhone6) chips

  • Living Legend

    Will IB get metal support?

  • apolloa

    Looks a bit better to me, not jaw dropping. Still a bit laggy here and there on my mini retina.

    • Vinni Jsk

      I am having retina too..its laggy a bit ..but after some time ..the laggy nature reduces significantly...but u feel a lag when we exit from the game ...i desperately need an update on the game from the developers

  • hkgsulphate

    can anyone spot the differences...?

  • Rothgarr

    I watched a gameplay video on YouTube and I couldn't really tell any differences. I'm guessing that they just used existing assets, etc. Would be neat to see what devs can really do with Metal...

  • DeInit

    It feels as though the framerate's improve but I could not otherwise spot any differences, though I should point out it had been months since I had last played this game.