The greatest mystery of the Uncharted series may be how Nathan Drake became Japanese.
Wouldn't Uncharted make a great TV show? TV Tokyo sure thinks so. Nathan Drake's exploits have action, adventure, mystery, romance, and impossibly beautiful people - who will soon come to life with real actors. A seven-minute dramatization of the upcoming Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception will air in early October on the Japanese network. It's not clear just how TV Tokyo plans to squeeze the treasure-hunting tale into the space of two average commercial breaks, but it will probably take equal parts ingenuity and hair gel.
If Sony's eye-breaking controllers are any indication, Uncharted has a huge presence in Japan. A promotional television piece in preparation for the game is not surprising, but hiring live actors to perform the game's entire plot (TV Tokyo promises a "dramatization of the complete, action-packed story") seems unorthodox, to say the least. For one thing, Uncharted and its sequel easily clocked in at 10-15 hours, and Uncharted 3 is likely to do the same. Fitting that story into less than ten minutes won't be easy. Even if TV Tokyo succeeds, it runs the risk of revealing some of the plot points that would otherwise entice players to buy and play the game.
A one-sentence TV listing is hardly gospel, so the show may end up being more of a teaser than a comprehensive story guide. For now, both Eastern and Western series fans will have to wait till Monday to see a real-live Nathan Drake spouting witticisms in Japanese. The special will air at 11:53 PM on October 2, 2011.