It’s time to go fast and furious for free with Asphalt 9: Legends heading to Switch this summer

Today, Gameloft announced that its recent racing title Asphalt 9: Legends will be heading to Nintendo Switch this summer, with the free-to-play title using some of the console’s unique features as well. The game will also support up to four-player local multiplayer, with an eight-player online multiplayer version available as well.

Created by Gameloft Barcelona in 2018, Asphalt 9: Legends quickly became the critically acclaimed and multi-awarded reference of mobile arcade racing games. In this Nintendo Switch version, players will find the same fun, arcade racing experience where they can perfect their skills, prove their worth, and become legends by cruising across awe-inspiring tracks set around the world. They will collect and unlock world famous licensed hypercars and stunning tracks by racing through the robust single player campaign. Asphalt 9: Legends launches with nearly 60 super and hyper cars including some of the fastest, rarest, and most prestigious cars ever made, such as the Bugatti Chiron, the McLaren P1 and the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio, exclusive to Asphalt 9: Legends. Gameloft will update Asphalt 9: Legends with new content similar to the mobile and PC version of the game.

Asphalt 9: Legends supports up to 8 players in online play free-for-all and up to four player local split screen. Split screen functionality allows players to race on one of the 42 tracks available, with up to three local opponents with the new offline gameplay mode.

“Bringing Asphalt 9: Legends to the Nintendo Switch is an absolute joy for everyone at Gameloft. We are great fans of this platform and wanted to do this for a long time, and it has been a strong request from our community,” said Baudouin Corman, Chief Operating Officer at Gameloft. “The Nintendo Switch is a truly fantastic console and Asphalt 9: Legends fits it perfectly. After the recent release of Modern Combat Blackout, it is a new step for Gameloft in bringing our games to various platforms, wherever our players are.”

This is the second title released on the Nintendo Switch by Gameloft after Modern Combat Blackout, and a continuation of the long tradition of Asphalt games on Nintendo’s platforms, beginning with Asphalt: Urban GT for the Nintendo DS™ in 2004. Gameloft is thrilled to announce this Nintendo Switch version of Asphalt 9: Legends will introduce local split screen multiplayer and a brand new Quick Race mode playable offline and online. Players will also find the series’ acclaimed arcade racing gameplay tailored to fit the Nintendo Switch, allowing for a variety of play styles, using Joy-Con™, the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller™, gyroscopic motion controls, touch screen controls, or the innovative Touchdrive™, a fresh approach to driving controls that adds a layer of strategic decision to the sheer fun of the ride.

Asphalt 9: Legends on the Nintendo Switch will be free-to-download, and a Nintendo Switch Online account will not be required to download and play online. Gameloft brings the highest standards regarding freemium monetization and players will be able to enjoy the game and unlock all content without making an in-game purchase. For players wanting a head start, the “Asphalt 9: Legends Starting Racer Pack” is available at launch and unlocks incredible supercars and resources to boost progress and to challenge friends and family in split-screen multiplayer right from the beginning.

Check out the trailer above, and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

Elisha Deogracias is an aspiring accountant by day, freelance writer by night. Before writing for Gaming Trend, he had a small gig on the now defunct Examiner. When not being a third wheel with his best friends on dates or yearning for some closure on Pushing Daisies, he's busy catching up on shonen manga and wacky rhythm games. Mains R.O.B. in Smash. Still doesn't know if he's a kid or a squid.

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