Randy Pitchford, Gearbox CEO, spoke with CVG about Duke Nukem Forever and its upcoming release. During the discussion, Pitchford offered that he doesn’t care much about the review scores the game receives.
Of course, he tempered that by saying that he’ll be surprised if anything falls below a 7 and that he expects a few 10s.
But that’s not what it’s all about, explained Pitchford. Pitchford says that what really matters where Duke Nukem Forever is concerned is that the game takes players back to the good ol’ days of Duke.
“What matters is if you have a good time or not…How much the experience [takes us back to Duke's former glory] to those of us that remember, how much it introduces to those who weren’t there, and how much it tells us about the next experience we want….That’s what really matters, and the scores – that’s probably not going to be very relevant to the outcome of this particular game.”
After the Duke Nukem Forever press event in Vegas earlier this month, opinions about the game have been all over the place. Some are calling it an awesome blast from the past, while others are pointing towards it as a now too outdated piece of gaming software. How that will translate into scores remains to be seen.
Pitchford is, however, absolutely right for considering this game about more than just the review scores it receives. It’s about redemption for a gradually disappearing franchise, and it’s almost a last stand for FPS gaming in the most traditional sense. Whether that translates to sales is a completely different story.
I will say that I think he’s being a bit too optimistic about the scores the game will receive. Speaking with peers and fellow writers, I know that some folks walked away from Duke Nukem Forever‘s press demo a bit disheartened. That could add up for the final release.
Duke Nukem Forever is set to ship on May 3rd for the PC, PS3 and 360.