Yeah I can confirm, Not only did loot values drop significantly, the amount of doable relic sites has dropped.
The last 6 times I have gone out I have found more systems that either just had only gas sites and a few wormholes or sleeper sites. Level 3 relic and data sites aren’t even worth scanning down anymore because they are all forgotten and have sleepers now. I started playing this game a month or so ago and would consistently find level 3 sites and I would say 70 % of them were pirate factions that were hackable. Now I would say about 90% of them are forgotten with sleepers.
Just got done exploring, found 3 wormholes with 20 cosmic sigs in them. Wasted hours scanning them down just to find a crapton of gas sites and forgotten relic sites. Something is wrong when you find 15 gas sites, 4 relic sites and 3 data sites but they all have sleepers. I even found a sleeper cache but the Sleepers showed up before I was even done hacking the first can not even 3 minutes into the site.
Truth be told I’m considering quitting the game. I’m a chemist who aspires to work at NASA and eve has let me live my dream so to speak. Now exploration is not fun anymore. What am I supposed to do now? blitz missions or mine? Yeah no thanks, no wonder people bot so much in this game. I’ve probably wasted about 15 hours this week exploring and not finding crap. Not Fun.