Credits are the global "virtual currency" in the universe of Deus Ex. Credits are the official currency in countries such as Germany, France, the United States, Egypt, Canada and the People's Republic of China. They are mostly used digitally through the internet and ATMs, but despite what their name implies, physical financial transactions can also be made through the use of tangible credit chips (or chits). It is unknown where credits originated, but they were likely created by Majestic 12 or the Illuminati, as it supports their goals of centralization and control.
In 2052, it costs 2 to purchase a soda or candy bar from a vending machine, and 8 to purchase a pack of 'Coughing Nails' brand cigarettes. Most Bartenders worldwide will sell cheaper drinks such as Forties and liquor for 10 . Non-explosive and non-energy ammo usually costs several hundred credits, and explosives such as LAMs and rockets have a street value of multiple thousand credits. Few people keep more than a thousand credits in their ATM accounts.
- In Deus Ex, a gas station is visited that has been abandoned since the catastrophic Californian earthquake of 2030. The station states "Same price Cash/Credit," implying that US dollars were still being used in 2030.
- Despite occurring after a 20 year economic depression, credits in Deus Ex: Invisible War are worth more than they were in Deus Ex.