Since this will become more apparent after the generous gift being given to us after the Hunter event.
After the event we are to be getting some snazzy new cloths for our survivor. I would consider clothing in this game to be purely cosmetic. So in light of that, I propose some possible changes.
Please remove all stat modifying effects from the clothing.
Normalize Machine damage to take into account that we do not have stat boosts any longer. (tone it down)
Gas masks either work 100 percent, or they dont work at all. If you want them to not work at all, then remove all gas attacks and remove the vision impairment that it causes. If you do want them to be in the game, then the vision restriction is enough of a disadvantage that more than makes up for if it worked at 100 percent blocking of gas damage.
Keep the clothing cool and make it a design choice. Maybe work on some more ways to allow the survivor to see their cool threads in game.
A full on third person mode would be no good for this game. But maybe use the new photo system to allow selfies with posing and emotes for your character. For all I know it does now, but I havent played around with it enough to find out for sure.