Yamauchi Responds to GT5 Legal Dispute

August 25, 2010 Written by Zak Islam

The Tuscan city of Siena recently threatened to block and consequently delay the release of Gran Turismo 5 until the flags and the track used in the title, Piazza del Campo, were completely removed from Polyphony Digital’s PlayStation 3 exclusive racer. The series’ creator has now given an official response to the claims.

Legendary developer Kazunori Yamauchi had this to say on Twitter over the matter:

“We can remove them in an instant.”

However, it’s not something Yamauchi would prefer doing:

“Erasing them is somewhat regrettable.”

The addition of Siena’s Piazza del Campo as a track in Gran Turismo 5 recently angered an Italian group touting the flags could only be recreated with permission. The carefully-detailed course featured in the racer contains colored flags on the surrounding buildings signifying the popular festival entitled Palio di Siena, which the group organizes. Gran Turismo 5 is currently racing towards a November 2nd, 2010 release.

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