Originally Posted by kyp275
Apparently BT haven't translated the author note in vol10 anyway... but this is an excerpt from chinese translation sites
Especially considering [Versus], although that's a work where you can see the correlation/links between the two series, but as the author, I will state now my position that "There are no clear link between the two series"
So, I got another person to look it up and what they said was that, in addition to the above quote, it was..
So having said that, AW and SAO could simply be very similar universes. Of course, the author saying that there's no clear link between the two could mean that he's giving himself space to change his mind later without having to retcon stuff.