Just to be clear, they overhauled the way you purchase weapons and how you gain fighting and farming stats.
You now gain fewer stats with your end of season bonuses, instead you have to keep buying weapons to get those stats.
Guns never break, and you can’t use cashews to upgrade weapons. Each weapon now has a set price and comes with a certain number of stats and upgrades, and those are rolled randomly, like when you’d purchase upgrades before, except now you can’t invest more cashews to buy more upgrades.
So it raises the floor for newer players, because the price is higher, and it puts a cap on more experienced players because they can’t invest a bunch of cashews to max out a gun. Fewer options for everybody.
There are still +stat objects in the world, and spouses haven’t changed, so fighting spouses give you fighting stats, and farming spouses give you farming stats.
Farming stat has been changed so it also controls how many pigeons you can hold at one time. It allows you to potentially hold more pigeons than before if you stack farming stat, but I haven’t had a playthrough where I needed to think about it.
So the game is mostly still intact, but they messed up how you buy and upgrade your guns. And poor Rye is now basically irrelevant.