There's a reason that most video games based on Batman aren't very good - and a large part of that is that what makes the character interesting is hard to capture in a video game. However, the latest trailer for Batman: Arkham Asylum, seen courtesy of MTV, shows that Rocksteady Games has at least realized that the Dark Knight's stealth abilities is a part of the character's appeal.

Created by Eidos Interactive, and written by Paul Dini, Batman: Arkham Asylum will be based on no one particular version of Batman, drawing instead from the characters' long history. In the game, Batman must deal with the villains housed in Arkham escaping from their captivity and taking over the Asylum. Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamil will voice Batman and the Joker, roles they originally voiced in Batman: The Animated Series.

Batman: Arkham Asylum is scheduled for an August 2009 release, and will be available for Playstation3, XBOX 360 and Windows PCs.