Yea, pretty much.
I also would contend that if Gears had removed Jon 7 months ago during the YL events it would have not been nearly as damaging to them and would have blown over soon after.
YL was in a worse position, where Jon came out with his eugenic/ethnostate comments moments before the game's launch and they had to act quick. Playtonics resolve was also very impressive. I'd view it as, they tanked the most backlash from racists, but set precedent so that people like this, and especially Jontron wouldn't continue to get cameos in the gaming scene. They made it easier for anyone to follow their decision.
Exactly, Playtonic handled it as best as they possibly could, considering how close it happened to their release period.
I just hope there could be some sort of silver lining here, where JonTron could be removed from the game by the developers after a large volume of people choose to buy the game solely because they support his views.