PS Plus Extra brings over 1000% more PS5 players to cool boat game

The debut of indie PS5 game Dredge on PS Plus Extra brought a massive player count increase of over 1200% more PS5 and PS4 players to the game.

PS Plus Extra brings over 1000% more PS5 players to cool boat game
Lee Brady

Lee Brady


The PS Plus debut of those Dredge trophies brought all hands on deck as PS5 and PS4 players rushed to check out one of the best PS Plus games to ever come from the indie scene of New Zealand. Following the game's release as part of Sony's Days of Play 2024 campaign, Dredge saw a PS Plus player count increase of over 1200% — a player spike that quickly made Dredge one of the biggest PS Plus debuts of 2024.

Dredge scores a massive 1246% player count increase from PS Plus

  • Dredge joined PS Plus Extra as a bonus game during the Days of Play event in June 2024
  • The game gained an additional 1246% more PS5 and PS4 players after joining PS Plus
  • Dredge saw the seventh-biggest PS Plus Extra debut of 2024 so far
Using a gameplay data sample from over 3.1 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of our partnership with GameInsights), we've tracked the debut player count of every game that gets added to PS Plus Extra throughout 2024. This includes the PS Plus Extra release of Dredge, which was made available on the subscription scheme on Tuesday, May 28, 2024.
Announced as one of the PS Plus Extra and Premium Days of Play 2024 bonus games, the hype for Dredge joining PS Plus was pretty high here at TrueTrophies. Developed by New Zealand-based indie studio Black Salt Games, Dredge had earned a lot of praise for its seamless blend of its chill fishing gameplay and its Lovecraftian-laced horror story.

Myself and TrueTrophies Editor Kes were eager to finally get our hands on it as part of the PS Plus Extra Game Catalog, and it seems we weren't the only ones. By the end of its debut week on PS Plus, Dredge had seen a massive 1246.33% PS5 and PS4 player count spike (data from week ending Sunday, June 2, 2024).

DredgeDredge leading the PS Plus bonus games for June 2024.

That makes Dredge the seventh-biggest PS Plus Extra game debut of 2024 so far. Check out where it landed in our chart of the year's biggest PS Plus Extra game debuts below.

Top 10 PS Plus Extra games of 2024 (so far)

#1Dave the Diver (April 2024)
#2Red Dead Redemption 2 (May 2024)
#3Need for Speed Unbound (February 2024)
#4Marvel’s Midnight Suns (March 2024)
#5Tiny Tina's Wonderlands (January 2024)
#6Animal Well (April 2024)
#7Dredge (May 2024)
#8Resident Evil 2 (January 2024)
#9Tales of Kenzera Zau (April 2024)
#10Crime Boss Rockay City (May 2024)
So far, that's two smaller PS5 and PS4 games about sailing and fishing on this year's top 10 PS Plus games chart. Granted, Dredge could hardly compare to the wild debut player count that PS Plus Extra champion Dave the Diver saw on its day-one PS Plus debut. Still, clearly the hunger for fishing games — or at least digital fish — holds strong among the PS Plus subscriber base.

While Dredge holds tight to the seventh spot of PS Plus Extra right now, we suspect it won't be there for too long. The Eldritch fishing game may have helped kick off the Days of Play celebrations in style, but the PS Plus Extra release of Grand Theft Auto San Andreas The Definitive Edition is sure to make a dent in the chart after its arrival on Friday, June 7, 2024.
As some of the players that make up Dredge's 1246% PS5 player count increase, we've been loving the game. Expect to see it on our best PS5 indie games list in the very near future. In the meantime, did you get a chance to check this one out? Let us know down in the comments below.

Chart compiled using gameplay data from over 3.1 million active PlayStation accounts (not just TrueTrophies accounts). Chart information is copyright GameInsights. Regarding this data:
  • When an account opens a game, this is registered as a game being played. Accounts can only register a game once per week.
  • Our data is good for suggesting general trends — we represent this using percentages, not numbers.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Shadow x Sonic Generations), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Sonic, Kingdom Hearts). A PlayStation fan since childhood, he loves nothing more than to scrutinize PS Plus and PS5 player data.
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