Along with TouchDrive, perhaps the biggest change for Asphalt veterans is how you acquire cars in Asphalt 9. Forget about saving up money to buy them, as the key to unlocking new cars and ranking up the ones you have is now in the hands of a card system. Car cards are called blueprints, and you’ll need different amounts of them to unlock and then to rank up each car. There are positives and negatives to it: The undeniable randomness of the gacha-esque mechanic means you won’t always be working on the cars you might want most, but it also adds a feeling of progression toward multiple cars at any given time that some players will definitely appreciate.
It’s going to be tempting to splash some cash as the game is good about throwing deals at you to simply buy cars, but if you’re patient, you can grind out a whole bunch of them over time and even unlock about four or five in your first couple of hours with the game. Here are all the ways to earn blueprints we’ve found so far:
- Take full advantage of My Career mode: The main solo mode in Asphalt 9 will yield you car blueprints on a regular basis. Be sure to take note of the goals for each race, as some levels have multiple tasks to complete before you receive the blueprints they are offering. Not all cars’ blueprints are in My Career, but you’ll find a nice variety from several different tiers. And the mode is huge, too, enough to occupy you for weeks even if you play like a fiend.
- Participate in Daily Events: Once you progress enough to access them, the Daily Events tab is something you’ll definitely want to visit … well, daily. Each weekday has an event with blueprints up for grabs from a different car class, and on weekends, you’ll find them for all classes. The Daily Car Loot is especially worth playing every day, as you race solo against the clock for the chance to earn blueprints from different classes depending on what you drive in it.
- Join a Club and work with other players on milestones: Clubs are the Asphalt term for guilds, and you’ll want to join one even if you aren’t into social interaction in your mobile games. Over the course of each Club season, every member earns reputation points for any race they enter, with the Club’s total reputation unlocking rewards at certain milestones. Every few milestones will grant blueprints for an epic upper tier car, so there’s no good reason not to band together.
- Try your hand at Multiplayer: Asphalt 9 offers live multiplayer racing with up to eight players per race, with all the bells and whistles that you’d expect: leaderboards, a ranking system and seasonal rewards among them. However, even if you’re complete pants at PvP racing, you can earn up to three different packs of blueprints per day simply by attempting multiplayer races. The key is either to “git gud” and win races, since you’ll earn three cups for a win, but you’ll get one cup just for playing (and two for coming in second, which we also like to call “first loser”). Earn enough cups in an hour and you’ll get that free blueprint pack.
- Open card packs in the Shop: The shop will give you a free pack of blueprint cards every four hours — and unlock some mobile games, they don’t stack, so checking in every four hours is the way to go here. You can also spend your premium currency, called Tokens in this game, for Premium Packs that have an additional chance at rare cars. You can also get less rare cards, because gacha. Either way, even more common blueprints can be helpful for ranking up the cars you unlock in My Career, so it’s worth saving up 65 Tokens when you’re able.
- Cherry pick individual blueprints in the Legend Store: Adjacent to the card packs in the Shop is the Legend Store, which offers a rotating selection of car blueprints every few hours. Some you can buy for credits (a lot of credits), others will cost you Tokens. The trick here is that you need to spend more currency for each successive blueprint, so it’s not very cost effective for more than the first one or two. Still, it’s an option that’s out there for you.