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Diablo 4 could feature Diablo 2’s runewords, Blizzard says

Diablo 4 might see the Diablo 2 runewords system implemented in future, Blizzard hints, adding yet another upgrade system to the action RPG game.

Diablo 4 could feature Diablo 2's runewords, Blizzard says: A tanned woman with short black hair and red leather armour with a bow on her back stands in a dark forest

It goes without saying that one of the best parts of Diablo 2 is the Runewords upgrade system, and Blizzard has hinted that it may make a return in Diablo 4. When? Your guess is as good as mine, but given the vast amount of customization that’s already available in the action RPG game, Diablo 4 is shaping up to be the series’ best adventure yet.

For those who have never played Diablo before but got lured into the Diablo 4 beta and ensnared in Lilith’s web, runewords are just that – words made out of runes. In Diablo 2, you could collect runes with different letter combinations on them, then fuse them together to make a powerful runeword that could be added to your weapons and armour. So, for example, my all-time favourite runeword, Enigma (I even have it on a bracelet), was made up of JahIthBer and equipped players with an extra teleport and movement speed.

There are a lot of upgrade systems already planned for the Diablo 4 endgame, but at a virtual roundtable PCGamesN attended, lead class designer Adam Jackson hints that we may see the runeword system resurrected (ha ha, see what I did there?) in the highly anticipated sequel.

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When asked if there are any plans to add the system to the game, Jackson replies with “we like runewords, they’re very cool.” With a wry smile he clarifies, “we don’t have anything to announce about whether or not they’ll be in the game in the future, but we do think they’re a really cool idea. That’s all I’m going to say right now.”

I, for one, would love to see the return of Runewords – although I expect there will be a Diablo 4 twist involved. As I said in my Diablo 4 gameplay preview, Blizzard’s woeful world very much harkens back to the darkness and despair of Diablo 2, so I think the feature would be a welcome return to form and a great throwback to what many see as ‘the good old days.’

We have a list of all the current Diablo 2 Resurrected Runewords if you’re looking to get ahead of the potential curve. If your eyes are on the game’s current features ahead of the Diablo 4 release date, though, we have a rundown of all five Diablo 4 classes for you to sink your bloodied teeth into.