Trying to kill time at work so I brought the DLC character concept art into photoshop and then did some speculating on each character and what all we had currently for characters at launch.
Link to original concept art: http://imgur.com/4FazUaS
Link to my edit of the art: http://imgur.com/Vawc8Sg
With Alani confirmed Eldrid and support, and seeing the star on the avian’s shoulder (thus UPR), I started to break down the roles, genders, and factions before and after DLC, and then some other thoughts about each possible DLC character.
…I had a lot of time to kill.
Before DLC - Faction Roles and Genders
The Last Light Consortium: 3 Attackers, 1 Defender, 1 Support (1 Female, 4 males)
The Eldrid: 2 Attackers, 2 Defenders, 1 Support (2 Females, 2 Males, 1 Miko)
The Rogues: 3 Attackers, 1 Defender, 1 Support (3 Females, 2 Males (3 if you count Aurox. I won’t))
United Peacekeeping Republics: 3 Attackers, 2 Defenders (1 Female, 4 Males)
The Jennerit Imperium: 3 Attackers, 1 Defender, 1 Support (2 Females, 3 Males)
Gender in short:
9 Female, 15 Male, 1 Miko
Note: Roughly 2 females per 3 males.
Roles in short:
14 Attackerrs, 7 Defenders, 4 Supports
Ranged and melee characters have a similar breakdown to gender: 15 Ranged characters and 10 Melee characters.
(I haven’t played all the characters so I could be wrong here)
Some observations about factions:
UPR: Star emblems, big and heavy guns, gear, ammo belts
Jennerit: Sharp polygonal shapes, triangles, bio-cybernetic
Rogues: Scrappy and scrawny and tattered (even Toby’s big mech suit is scratched up)
LLC: Ornamental, robotic
3 Factions have 3 Attackers, 1 Defense, 1 Support
UPR has no support
Now diving into the DLC character speculation.
So far, only Alani is confirmed and has a wikia page: http://battleborn.wikia.com/wiki/Alani
Alani - Eldrid support, female.
Unless all 5 DLC are female, I imagine the gender to remain 2 females for every 3 male.
Alani is 1 female, therefore we could expect 3 males and 1 more female to be revealed. (Unless we get another Miko)
This would put the gender breakdown at: 12 females, 17 males, 1 Miko
Doing some math suggests the following role count after DLC:
17 Attackers, 8 Defenders, 5 Support
While not true in every case, males tend to have bigger hands, feet, body structure than female characters.
Each faction will get 1 DLC character. Alani is confirmed Eldrid.
DLC character analysis:
Gender: Female. Puts Eldrid at 3 Female, 2 Male and 1 Miko
Melee/Ranged: Melee? Not comfirmed. Basing it on that she has no visible weapon.
Gender: Male. Based on 2/3 split. Little about the design suggests a gender, other than small hands and feet (compared to Benedict). UPR only has one female though (and a female grenadier bird seems like a cute
Role: Attacker. Although UPR has no support, the faction seems to focus heavily on Attacker roles. Also, math suggests only one support and Alani is confirmed support.
Faction: UPR. The same star on the shoulder pad that UPR armor sports (like Benedict’s chestplate).
Melee/Ranged: Ranged. Just based on looks and that big grenade launcher.
Gender: Female. Basing it on the thin waist and skirt-like armor. Puts Jennerit at 3 male and 3 female.
Role: Attacker? Doesn’t appear to be a heavy defender type.
Faction: Jennerit just based on the silhouette. Angular shapes like Ambra, massive cybernetic arm like Attikus
Melee/Ranged: Unsure. Cybernetic arm looks like it could be some kind of a cannon but both limbs taper off to stinger-like weapons which may suggest melee?
Snake (because forked tongue)
Gender: Male. Based on the 2/3 split. Little about the design suggests a gender.
Role: Attacker? Basing that on what appear to be two small scythe-like weapons and agility-looking silhouette. Could be venom/poison-based because snake = venom, and typical game rogues love venom/poison blades.
Faction: Rogues. Just based on deduction. Clothing is a bit ragged. He is also scrawny like Shayne.
Melee/Ranged: Melee? Could throw the scythes I suppose.
Jet Robot (Giant pilot helmet, wings, giant afterburner nozzle on back and legs)
Gender: Male. Based on the 2/3 split and that all of the massive characters so far are male.
Role: Defender. Massive body tends to suggest this role.
Faction: Last Light Consortium. LLC are into big robot stuff with ornamental features. Silhouette doesn’t appear to have the aesthetics but it’s not a detailed drawing either. The joints are thin like ISIC’s
Melee/Ranged: Melee. No visible weapons, just hands and big armor. Could be a defender that flies/crashes into enemies and beats on them?
Feel free to speculate too if you want.