In 1916, Kaiser Wilhelm II received the initial drafts for a fresh battleship derived from the design principals embedded in battleship Bayern. One of the projects featured five main-caliber turrets, three of which were located at the ship's rear. To improve stability, the ship's length would have needed to be increased, with two turrets moved to the deck below. Under one of the variants, the ship's armament consisted of five triple-gun turrets housing 13.8 inch (350 mm) guns. However, Germany's defeat in World War I prevents them from laying the new ship down.