PS Plus games for May 2024 score big with 45% player count boost

PS Plus Essential's player count for May 2024 is up 45% compared to last month thanks to big games like EA Sports FC 24 and Tunic.

PS Plus games for May 2024 score big with 45% player count boost
Lee Brady

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The PlayStation Plus May 2024 monthly games have been available for over a week now, and our exclusive data suggests the lineup has gone down a storm with PS Plus subscribers. According to the PS Plus Essential player count for May 2024, the addition of popular games like EA Sports FC 24 and Tunic has helped make this the most popular month for Sony's subscription service in the year so far.

May's PS Plus games are the most popular lineup of 2024 so far

  • May 2024's PS Plus games debuted with 45% more active players than April's games
  • EA Sports FC 24 is the most popular PS Plus monthly game of 2024 so far
  • May 2024's PS Plus lineup is now the most popular of 2024 after topping March 2024's games by 14%
Using a gameplay data sample from over 3.1 million active PSN accounts (courtesy of our partnership with GameInsights), we've kept track of the debut player count for every PS5 and PS4 game made available via PS Plus Essential. This includes May 2024's PS Plus game lineup of EA Sports FC 24, Tunic, Ghostrunner 2, and Destiny 2 Lightfall.
Comparing this active player data with previous PS Plus lineups from this year, we can easily see that May 2024's PS Plus lineup is the most popular of 2024 by 14.45% (beating out the previous frontrunner March 2024). May 2024's monthly game lineup also saw a 45.25% player count increase over April 2024's low PS Plus player count, bouncing back significantly after last month's Immortals of Aveum failed to bring in much of a crowd.

As we did last year, we decided to exclude Destiny 2 Lightfall from the monthly tally due to it being a DLC expansion rather than a full game. However, if you're curious, we did recently investigate how Destiny 2's PS5 and PS4 player count increased in May 2024 thanks to PS Plus and the ongoing free DLC campaign.

The best PS Plus Essential months of 2024 so far

  • #1May 2024 (biggest game: EA Sports FC 24)
  • #2 — March 2024 (biggest game: Sifu)
  • #3 — January 2024 (biggest game: Evil West)
  • #4 — April 2024 (biggest game: Immortals of Aveum)
  • #5 — February 2024 (biggest game: Foamstars)
The strong debut of May 2024's PS Plus lineup is largely thanks to the inclusion of EA Sports FC 24. The annual soccer simulator topped the debut PS Plus player count of Sifu by 20.29%, which means EA Sports FC 24 is the biggest PS Plus game of 2024 so far. Sifu had held the top spot since its debut on the subscription scheme in March 2024 but now sits comfortably in second place.

What's particularly impressive about EA Sports FC 24's PS Plus gains here is the fact that the game was already incredibly popular. The game has been alternatively the second or third most popular PS5 and PS4 game since its launch back in September 2023, and yet FC 24's PS Plus debut still managed to bring in 48.3% more players. That's not quite enough to best Fortnite in our weekly PlayStation Chart, but it's certainly closer than anything else!
May 2024's next-best performing title was adventure game Tunic, which now ranks high as the fifth most popular PS Plus game of 2024 so far. Finally, cyberpunk parkour game Ghostrunner 2 saw the weakest debut in May 2024's lineup. It ranked 12th out of the 15 PS Plus games released in 2024 so far, although it was the only PS Plus game in May's lineup that couldn't be played on PS4.

Top PS Plus Essential games of 2024 so far

  • #1EA Sports FC 24 (May 2024)
  • #2Sifu (March 2024)
  • #3Evil West (January 2024)
  • #4Foamstars (February 2024)
  • #5Tunic (May 2024)
All-in-all, it's a strong performance for Sony's subscription scheme. In fact, compared to last year's monthly PS Plus lineups, May 2024's active player count comes second only to March 2023 — the month that gave Battlefield 2042's player count a 500% boost. It goes to show you just how popular EA's football games can be even when the company is just months away from launching a new one.
May 2024's games are leaving PS Plus on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, so make sure to add them to your digital PS5 or PS4 game collection before they go! How have you found this month's PS Plus lineup? Let us know your thoughts 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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