Data Saving Across Places

As a Roblox developer it is currently impossible to save data across a number of unrelated places.

The only other option a developer would have to do something similar is to use a universe - but they effectively ruin the reason developers use separate places anyway.

If a developer wants to create a number of places in a universe, they will have to create a custom system for joining specific games and seeing information about the game. This already lengthy task is also made longer if the developer wants friends to be able to join each other.

Additionally, in terms of groups, using a universe will mean you won’t be using the group games tab like it seems to be designed to do. I would like to see how many people are in a group game and be able to join it from the groups page - but if this game is a universe, you would only have information for that universe.
It is also frustrating for the player having to load a hub place then load another place, especially if they have a slow internet connection.

^ without a universe

^ with a universe

My personal preference for the two examples is the first because you can see how many people are in each place, and can join a specific one without having to go through a hub world. This saves a lot of time and development work.

As part of a vision for a group I am working with, they want to have some sort of currency and skin system that is in all places. This means every group place has to be merged into the universe, and a complex teleport and information system needs to created.

Why would someone have to do all of this to reliably save some data across places?

If this issue is addressed, developers could use data saving to its full potential to create interconnecting places without restricting access to a single place. Users - groups especially - could have meaningful systems that work well and don’t cause other problems.


I saw this post a while ago that had to do with HttpService and Google Spreadsheets and how you could use those to make a database of sorts. With the correct implementation they can work as if you were using datastores.

(I’ve tested and used this before and can confirm it works albeit it does have some limits regarding requests)


This would be alleviated without needing to create some awkward second layer of DataStores by just allowing any place in a universe to be made joinable from the site.


You could very easily make a simple central hub place that shows all the different sub-places and how many people are in each. The hub would load relatively fast since all it’d be loading is a GUI and 2 scripts.

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I have tried it before and I had a lot of trouble. I ended up giving up and moving on.


Agree with Echo here. This solution would be the best way of going about this.


Agreed with EchoReaper, this is an awkward artifact of universes that needs to be toggleable (there are legitimate uses to keeping just one access-able game).


I agree with this, but a decent workaround for this is using a web server and the HttpService to save data (as @Shining_Diamando mentioned), a good example of this is Ultimate Driving. It consists of many separate places that all carry over the same data. I am assuming he does this with the HttpService. Granted, this is not necessarily a very feasible option for everyone, it is a good alternative.


I know RAT can do this using httpservice am i right? Because i think this is the only way you can, i agree with echo.


Yes, I currently accomplish this through HttpService.