This is a "wooden horse", used for torture in Japan during the 15th century's Warring States Period. These days it's used in S&M play. But it apparently won't be torturing the ladies of popular Japanese role-playing game Disgaea 4.
The upcoming PS3 title is set in the Netherworld's prisons, and an early trailer showed characters on the wooden horse with hearts surrounding them.
The new trailer, however, shows the female on a...saber-tooth cat?
And in case the game's S&M theme was lost on players, there were punishment options in the original trailer that included "bind hands", "bind legs", "talk dirty" and "force massage", among others. Those options have been tweaked somewhat.
While "bind hands" and "bind legs" are still included as punishment, "talk dirty" is now "hubba hubba talk".
No reason is given for the changes in the new trailer, but it's assumed that either the developer hopes to avoid a higher age rating or that the recent legislation in Tokyo prompted the change. So does this mean saber-tooth cats are the new tentacle monsters?