The Policenauts Private Collection has the game's original story boards on it, with deleted scenes intact. It looks like they were originally planning on having the console version(s) open with a poker match with all of the policenauts.(timed link)https://youtu.be/U3qap6VF9yU?t=6242
The PC-98 version just starts on Earth with the opening credits and doesn't show outer-space at all (nor the implication of sabotage), which I like more then what was present in the console releases.
HOWEVER, if the above scene was still in place, you would get to know the Policenauts more before the game starts. Which would make having the scene, right afterwards, involving potential sabotage more shocking and interesting.
I'm not sure why they cut this...Though, admittedly, I can't read the notes or dialogue panels, so I can't be total sure if this poker scene is a winner or not.
What do you guys think? I'm I the only one that thinks the console version's opening feels a tad patched in? Do you think this deleted scene would actually improve it?