Honestly it's getting harder and harder for me to remain interested in XIV anymore. The game was fantastic during ARR and Heavensward, but ever since Stormblood it's just gone so far down the toilet - everything now just feels like SE is ticking off a checklist without actually putting any effort into the game.
The fact that I'm contemplating if I really want to slog through three hours of cut-scenes just to get access to a single dungeon, or grind through four more bosses that offer literally no challenge for gear that I'm going to replace in three months or just play Crisis Core instead kind of brings it all into light of how little XIV does to excite me anymore.
The closest Shadowbringers has come to actually keeping me enthralled was with the Bozjan Southern Front, but one slice of good content against a mountain of bad content just doesn't cut it anymore. Between PSO2, Shadowlands, and even Beyond Light, XIV just feels so terribly dated and irrelevant right now compared to the other MMOs I'm playing.
It also doesn't help that it's story has completely fallen into anime-gutter levels of plot armor and story telling. I mean, yeah PSO2 is basically "Anime - the JRPG", but it wears it's inspiration on it's sleeve, isn't afraid to poke fun at it's self, and still manages to tell a compelling story without relying on too many tropes.
XIV? Any time the story starts to meander towards something that's morally gray, or actually seems like a compelling plot device or world building element, the developers immediately reign it back and instead force-feed you the idea that the Light is good, the Dark is bad, and that everything is black and white.
So yeah, I'm with you Wyverian. I don't blame you at all for dropping XIV for PSO2. SE just doesn't seem to care to put any real effort into the game anymore, which is a shame. XIV had so much potential when it launched, but now it's just kind of turned into another generic WoW clone with no real soul of it's own.
I get the impression you just skip through the cutscenes and explanations of key point in xiv. To say SE has put no soul into the game when ShadowBringers is the best xiv has ever been is baffling to me. but hey, opinions