Gameloft's Asphalt 8: Airbone hasn't even cooled down from its launch marketing blitz, but the developer has already moved on to its next racing game. That would be GT Racing 2, a sequel to the original GT Racing from 2011 and a more simulation-style affair, very much in line with EA's Real Racing and games like Gran Turismo. GT Racing 2 has no firm release date and few details, but Gameloft says it will come out this fall.

Strangely, the announcement video has a clear branding partnership with Mercedes-Benz, and only Mercedes cars are featured in this initial preview. The original GT Racing had a spin-off for Hyundai - maybe Gameloft is aiming to release content by car brand in separate apps or in-app purchase packs. The developer isn't saying. The original free-to-play version of GT Racing did not go over well.

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Asphalt 8 is one of the best racers available on Android right now, but it fits squarely in the arcade genre, with ridiculous Hot Wheels physics, refilling nitro boosts, and insane jumps. GT Racing 2 looks like it will be far more conventional racing game, complete with standard looped tracks, a cockpit view, and semi-realistic physics. You can bet that Gameloft will include some kind of in-app purchasing scheme with the new title, but whether they will use their standard currency-based model or ape EA's time-based IAP from Real Racing 3 remains to be seen.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

    I'm glad to see Gameloft has moved on from only ripping off successful console franchises and is now ripping off successful mobile ones, too! Also, based on the trailer, this looks like a really awful game.

    • someone755

      Just another Gameloft racing game.
      Though I must admit that some events in GT Racing Academy were really great (like the old Ford race).

    • PhilNelwyn

      Yeah, how dare they make a simulation racing game? That's patented. /s

  • Mehmet Fatih

    gameloft as usual. crap.

    • someone755

      Not all GLoft games are bad. MC4 is pretty neat, GT Racing Academy isn't wholly bad and BackStab is awesome! All others fail miserably...

  • GraveUypo

    yay. hope it's better than rr3.
    love how even the slogan is ripped off from gran turismo :P

    • someone

      the real cars experience vs the real driving simulator XD

  • smeddy

    I swore never to buy Gameloft, mainly for in app ripoffs and constant licence checks, but dammit Asphalt 8 is the game of the year for me.

  • Primalxconvoy

    If gameloft is ripping off other licenses, then the devs of those games are very, very welcome to come onto the mobile arena and represent.

  • Davis Hernandez

    a racing simulator where the trailer contains dubstep to attract audience? i can really start to see where this is going (IAPs cuff cuff)