Maybe it could be a by product of the cydonia or bust research item (notice the hubble like telescope on the model in the Earth mars anim thread?), just something that points to it so when we show the animation of the debris it'll reinforce that the player is fighting a losing battle and extreme measures must be taken to save Earth.
Why? Well I don't know about anyone else but I felt pretty secure in my position when I was ready for the Mars mission and I chose when I wanted to go. No rush on my part, no pressure.
With Drewid's storyboard I get the feel that he wants to introduce the feel that the rest of the world is suffering what is surely the beginning of a full on alien assault by that stage.
'Sure as a player you might be rich and comfortable but the rest of the world is suffering so get your butt to Mars and end this'.
Edited by Deimos, 12 March 2004 - 01:18 PM.