Yes, that’s what I was thinking. But also other players might also interact with the container when they are offline.
I would like this type of persistence so the player doesn’t lose all of their progress if there is a server crash or restart needed. Dune suggested the Unreal Load/Save system which creates a binary .sav file on the server but I’m not sure if this would be a scalable solution. There could be a lot of containers on the server and may involve a lot of reading/writing to the hard drive.
I would like players to have the option to host their own dedicated server (if they have the required setup and connection). It seems unreasonable to have them configure a database manually in order to get the dedicated server up and going, doesn’t it? So if I wanted to use a database, I guess there would have to be some kind of middleman which handles setting up and configuring the database. Maybe that’s where a service like PlayFab (or other third party service) would come in?
Any ideas on how to implement this type of save system so server crashes won’t destroy player progress?
Don’t need this type of persistence between servers. Servers should be completely independent of one another. If player joins a new server he essentially has to start over on that server.