Ah kay, It's been a while since I read the novels so I thought there was a much bigger interaction. My bad. But ya, I am really looking forward to the next season, and to the season after that because you know there will be. lol
as far as i've read its not touching on that subject just yet, i know there is a cross-over side story called versus. but other then that there is no direct connection except the slight mention of nerv gear in AW.
Ya, but doesn't the last arc touch on another anime. I think it's called accel world, it was written by the same author and kirito interacts with that. That is why I think they may decide to break off from the novel a bit, but I hope not.