PS Plus player count drops 20% in April despite AAA game giveaway

Despite the addition of a big budget AAA game from EA, our exclusive data shows a 20% dip month-on-month with PS Plus April 2024's player count.

PS Plus player count drops 20% in April despite AAA game giveaway
Lee Brady

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While there has certainly been an influx of PS Plus subscribers collecting Immortals of Aveum trophies this past week, it hasn't exactly had a rippling effect on the PS Plus April 2024 player count. It seems compared to last month's headliner Sifu — easily one of the best PS Plus games we've had in a while — EA's big-budget FPS doesn't quite match up.

Immortals of Aveum fails to boost PS Plus monthly player count

  • PS Plus monthly games for April 2024 see 20% dip in player count compared to March
  • Immortals of Aveum is the sixth-biggest PS Plus Essential game debut of 2024 so far
  • Minecraft Legends is the weakest-performing game of the month
The three games announced for the PlayStation Plus April 2024 lineup — Immortals of Aveum, Skul the Hero Slayer, and Minecraft Legends — were all released on Tuesday, March 2, 2024. Using exclusive data from over 3.1 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of GameInsights), we can see just how many PS5 and PS4 players booted up each of these new PS Plus games and compare them to previous months for insight.
After a considerable upturn for PS Plus player turnout in March 2024 — enabled largely by the addition of the much sought-after Sifu, which boasts the biggest PS Plus game debut of 2024 so far — the PS Plus games for this month have set player numbers trending downwards once more. Compared to last month, the debut player turnout for PS Plus games in April 2024 is down 20.43%.

That's still a 36.67% better turnout for April PS Plus games than the disastrous PS Plus player count we saw back in February 2024. However, compared to all the PS Plus lineups from 2023 and 2024 so far, April 2024 ranks as the fourth-lowest month overall. So, all-in-all, it's been an overall poor showing for Sony's subscription service this month.

Top PS Plus Essential games of 2024 so far

  • #1Sifu (March 2024)
  • #2Evil West (January 2024)
  • #3Foamstars (February 2024)
  • #4F1 23 (March 2024)
  • #5Nobody Saves the World (January 2024)
As you can see from the above chart, none of the games from April 2024's PS Plus selection managed to make the top five games of the year. The best-performer from the month was Immortals of Aveum, which we would expect, but its debut PS Plus player count (for the week ending Sunday, April 7, 2024) was only high enough to land it the #6 spot overall.
That's a rather disappointing result for EA's blockbuster AAA — particularly as we're all fans of Immortals here at TrueTrophies. On the other hand, Skul the Hero Slayer and Minecraft Legends could have performed much worse, ranking at #7 and #8 respectively. We've only had 12 PS Plus monthly games this year (13 if you count Destiny 2 The Witch Queen), so there's not much to make of these rankings just yet, but it'll be interesting to keep an eye on them as 2024 continues to unfurl.

Hopefully Immortals of Aveum isn't the only AAA game we'll see on PS Plus this year! Maybe a few more of the best PS5 games will come to PS Plus as monthly games now that the library is looking a bit more full. What did you make of April 2024's PS Plus selection? 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 (PS Plus Premium games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts games). Then he uses his big mouth to blurt out long-winded opinions about video games.
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