The game of eve is changing and mining for me has always being stagnant. I have thought of an idea for a revamp to the mining system.
The mtu is an awesome for collecting your loot when ratting, personally it is how I acquire 90% of the minerals I use, pi is also great.
Why couldn’t there be a mobile deployed mining unit in a similar fashion. Obviously if it was as effective as the mtu it would be very op.
But if as a working example, you deployed said unit in an asteroid belt, with a 24 hour cycle time.
If attacked the mobile mining unit would shut down for a reinforced period and then be collectible/destroyable/ lootable at the end of the 24hr period.
Also in theory this would make mining barges, exhumers, orcas etc redundant. So there role could be to deploy/anchor the mobile mining unit. With a limit as to how many per character per ship per period.
This would like with the ess create something to hunt attack and defend.
Just an idea.