Gearbox's Randy Pitchford has said Duke Nukem Forever will review well, but in the end, numbers are irrelevant to the Duke.
Meanwhile, the developer is seeking to credit past contributors to the long-awaited title.
"Honestly, I don't even know how much reviews matter for this particular game," Pitchford told CVG.
"Because, I mean, what we're looking at is the deepest unresolved tension in the entire history of the video game industry. And it's almost historical."
Nevertheless the Gearbox CEO is optomistic.
"Fortunately the game's good, I've played it, it's a great game. You're going to see a range of scores; I'd be surprised to see anything get down into the '7' range, maybe a couple 10s".
"What matters is if you have a good time or not," he added later.
"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."
Credit where credit's due
Big Download reports Gearbox is seeking those who have contributed to Duke Nukem Forever's fourteen-year development.
A dedicated website has gone up to assist in tracking down ex-3D Realms staff, contractors and others who worked on the title durings the fits and starts of its incubation.
Even community members and press who kept the dream alive are welcome to submit their names for consideration, by filling in a survey judging how prominent their involvement was.